” Charlie Chaplin Leaving America ” by Richard Avedon

Influential American fashion photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004) took this photo of Charlie Chaplin in 1952 before the actor/director/music composer left Hollywood to get back to London.
He had a lot of problems with the Comity of Un-American Activities because his film, “Modern Times” (1936) had mass appeal among communists living in the US at the time. Ultimately, Chaplin, who had established himself in America, got back to London and moved on to film “A King in New York” (1957) as a parody of the country and its legal system.

 

Richard Avedon. Charlie Chaplin Leaving America. NYC, September 13 1952. All copyrights go to The Richard Avedon Foundation.