Photograph by Richard Avedon %C2%A9The Richard Avedon Foundation

Buster Keaton, Comedian, 1952

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Considered one of film history's greatest comedic actors, Joseph Francis Keaton (1895-1966) began acting in vaudeville at age three. He discovered early on that, "the more serious I turned, the bigger laugh I got." Though the comedian is not smiling here, Avedon's image hints at Keaton's nature via rakish angles and composition. Elements are arranged to frame the eyes and face. Keaton's fingers appear light and loose around the hat's brim, contradicting his stone-faced expression.

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Richard Avedon (#492)
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Title
Buster Keaton, Comedian
Artist Life
1923-2004
Role
Photographer
Accession Number
81.94.2
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Photograph by Richard Avedon ©The Richard Avedon Foundation

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