Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Elegance, Audrey Hepburn Style

Photo Source: UNICEF/HQ88-0184/John IsaacSome background to this photo: In 1988 in Ethiopia, shaded from the sun by an umbrella, UNICEF Ambassdor Audrey Hepburn carries a girl while reviewing a UNICEF-assisted food supply project in the northern Amhara region of the country.

There was an exhibition for the works of photographer John Isaac, a few months back. Among the works on display were the UNICEF photos of Audrey Hepburn.

John Isaac had a close collaboration with Audrey Hepburn when she was special UN Ambassador for UNICEF: she said that his 1992 portrait of her surrounded by children in Somalia was her all-time favourite. (I can't be certain which photo specifically, so I put up one from John Isaac that I liked.)

When American Photo ran an issue on celebrity photography, they asked Isaac to ask Hepburn if they could airbrush her facial wrinkles.

Audrey Hepburn's replied, "Johnny, tell them not to mess with that picture. I’ve earned every one of those wrinkles."

That made an impression on me. Elegance, Audrey Hepburn style.

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