One of my global advertising campaigns was for Harry Winston diamonds. To help the brand reclaim its place atop the jewelry food chain, we enlisted the help of legendary fashion and fine art photographer Richard Avedon. He was notorious for turning down inquiries. The fact that he agreed to shoot our campaign was a minor miracle. (We wooed him with a love letter.) With him on board, we recruited movie stars such as Anjelica Huston and Mena Suvari to be our models.
Once the shoot was over, I found a manila folder full of Richard's images for the campaign with an intriguing note on it.
Ironic, because of course they WERE an ad. But he didn’t want photography that LOOKED LIKE an ad.
He knew to stand out, it had to be different. And being different was key to Richard Avedon’s success.
I kept the manila folder and framed it against black velvet in gold frame. It hangs on my office wall.
I'm also showing an example of the campaign with Anjelica Huston. The headline I wrote says: "Far too much makes perfect sense. Far too little makes none."
The campaign was wildly successful and helped Harry Winston reclaim its power stance. It was also one of the last campaigns Richard Avedon ever shot and currently hangs in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
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