richard avedon is one of those artists who makes you want to give up on producing your own work and just move into a museum because, really, if you’re not comparably brilliant…perhaps you should be reveling in the wonder of enjoying other peoples’ works and mysteries.
I also feel this way about annie leibovitz, marguerite duras and virginia woolf. in very rare circumstances, creating something new just starts to feel like wasting time that could be spent enjoying what already is. do you think perhaps we get carried away with that, sometimes? with our tumblrs and pin boards and so on? with hurrying around putting things together, when we could be sitting quietly and absorbing wonders already real?
credits: Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, New York, May 8, 1957, by richard avedon; Julian Bond and members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, March 23, 1963, by richard avedon.