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Avedon: 1923-2004

Richard Avedon died September 30, 2004 while on assignment in Texas for New Yorker magazine.

From the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik: “To know Dick Avedon was to know the sun.”

He was getting ready to take one more portrait when life fled from him. If to know him was to feel in the presence of the sun, to look back on his life is to see that what we really experienced was the track of a comet: breaking barriers between spheres, shattering fixed orbits, bringing joy and amazement and portents of change to those looking on below, and coming to rest at last in earth, still fully alight.