Weekend bonus shot, 07.12.09

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Me and Marian Anderson, at the Richard Avedon exhibit, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

Relation of this image to lesbian/parenthood? Extendo date, the harried parent’s friend! 

This one began at noonish, and ended at midnightish. Just the ticket.  It was our first such date, and after realizing we could actually initiate and complete multiple conversations, we vowed to do this at least seasonally.  Cheaper than an overnight, which we basically can’t afford.  But neither can we afford institutionalization in a mental asylum, so this is a real bargain.

Half-way through the date, we were here, in front of various of Avedon’s often breathtaking portraits. With miles to go before we slept.

Here’s a bit about the photograph, courtesy the Met.

3 thoughts on “Weekend bonus shot, 07.12.09”

    • Youbetcha. It was fantastic, to see so much portraiture all together. Through his camera’s eye, he has looked into the faces of so, so many significant figures of the 20th century. There’s one of Julian Bond and other SNCC people, part of his Civil Rights Mov’t portraits, that I couldn’t keep from just speaking out loud to (“Thank you”).

      It was also really powerful to see portraits like these at the size they were printed:

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  1. Yep, that’ll be me too, talking right to the portraits as if the subjects themselves were right there in front of me. But that’s the power of his work, it seems to me — I mean and the size of them! I’ve got to get over there this week sometime.

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