Title:Buster Keaton, ComedianArtist:Richard Avedon
Richard Avedon Date:1952Creation Place:North America, United StatesCredit Line:The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial FundImage Copyright:Photograph by Richard Avedon Â©The Richard Avedon FoundationAccession Number:81.94.2
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.