Even before 1979, when Richard Avedon began a project he called In The American West, he had planned to photograph a man covered with bees. He advertised for a subject and found Ronald Fischer, a Chicago banker and amateur beekeeper. In 1981, after queen-bee pheromone was applied to his skin (to attract drones), the tall, shaven headed Fischer stood patiently outdoors in Davis, California, while Avedon exposed one hundred and twenty-one 8 x 10 inch negatives (Avedon holds his favorite here), and they both got stung. John Loengard, Celebrating the Negative is available to museums as a touring exhibition from...
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