I must be experiencing some form of grief.
Less than 24-hours since Richard Avedon died, I bought a book about the way he worked. His image of the fashion model Dovima standing perilously close to two towering elephants is my favorite. In the documentary by PBS, Avedon says he sees this image as a failure because the model’s sash lay limp in the final image. I think he wanted it flying off to the model’s right so that it would help lead the viewer’s eye into the model and presumably her clothes to complete the picture. It’s still an amazing image. Coming a close second is the image of a bee keeper from The American West series.
In addition to the book, I simply had to get a poster print of Avedon’s as well. And to my utter amazement, I was able to get both of my favorite Avedon images on one print!
Here it is and this is where you can get it:
Next on the list is the PBS documentary about Avedon’s life on DVD. Perhaps for Xmas.