Photo of the Day: She Sits Alone.

Photography by: Jen Bekman, NYC

She comes by day.  Same time each day, and sits in the same place.  Stool for one, facing the wall.  She always sits alone.  And points at things I cannot see.

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My Articles for Wednesday, June 20, 2007

At the time of his death in 2004, at the age of 83 Richard Avedon was arguably the world’s most famous photographer. There were times in his life, however, when Mr. Avedon worried that people didn’t recognize that he really was an artist. In retrospect, it’s clear that his artistic talent was phenomenal. This article includes music audio, photographs and a photo slideshow.

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“Influential Blogger Digby Comes Out: Take Back America”

Netroots blogger Digby, the influential but until-yesterday anonymous political blogger, accepted an award at the “Take Back America Conference” yesterday on behalf of the “Progressive Blogosphere.” Glenn Greenwald wrote about her acceptance speech today in in Salon. A Photograph and video of Digby’s acceptance speech are included.

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Richard Avedon: People as Art

The Photographic Art of Richard Avedon

Sculptor Henry Moore, NYC (1963)

Marilyn Monroe, NYC (1957)

Nastassja Kinski, Vogue Magazine (1981)

At the time of his death in 2004, 83 year-old Richard Avedon was arguably the world’s most famous photographer.  There were times in his life, however, when Mr. Avedon worried about whether people recognized that he really was an artist.  In the 1960’s and 70’s, photography hadn’t been taken that seriously by many people, and the world of fashion photography certainly wasn’t taken seriously at all.

In retrospect, one realizes that his photographic images always flaunted their bombastic messages in our faces, but with phenomenal virtuosity.  Whatever else one might say about his works, they are unforgettable.  You can’t avoid them.  The images that he created stick in your mind, whether you want them to or not: Marian Anderson with her hair blowing in the wind, enraptured, forming a perfect O with her mouth; Truman Capote sneering; Marilyn Monroe, forlorn.  The celebrity status held by so many of Avedon’s subjects may be said to partly account for the acclaim that has been accorded to his work.  But his portraits are much more than ordinary celebrity pictures; they give the illusion of a special closeness to famous people because of the photographer’s social status.  The illusion is also heightened by an impression of honesty: the stark white backdrops, the head-on views.  One reviewer said that it’s like catching a glimpse of a famous person walking down the street: you think you see Mr. Avedon’s subjects caught with their masks down.

Some have said that portraits always reveal more about the photographer than about their subjects, and Avedon said that was the case with his own works.  Mr. Avedon was capable of being profound and laconic in both pictures and words.  His definition of a portrait is a model of incisiveness: “A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he’s being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he’s wearing or how he looks.”

A portrait is not a likeness,” Avedon claimed.  “The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion.  There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph.  All photographs are accurate.  None of them is the truth.”

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Richard Avedon: People as Art

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