I was never a big fan of david lachapelle. I am however a huge fan of his creative team, set designers, production manager, makeup and wardrobe people etc. they do an amazing job producing mind blowing images one after another.
I do not think Avedon is a great photographer. It is not even close to what I feel. I want to have Avedon's baby. If there is one photographer that managed to take the art of objective participation, active observation and other contrasting but really-cool sounding combinations in his work, it is Avedon.