Avedon was one of the two greatest living photographers, until today. What I admired most -- well, that 1960s work was pretty fucking incredible -- was that in the past 2 years he got it all back, like that image of Charlize Theron in the New Yorker. Never much liked the fashion work, but, man, he and Irving Penn changed the portrait forever and ever.
As I told a saturation reader recently, there were two books, discovered in a bookstore in 1986 at the age of 17, that propelled me out and into the photographic world: Avedon's In The American West, and Nan Goldin's Ballad. For that I can never repay him.Posted by dbrown at October 01, 2004 02:10 PM