bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Snapped but not stung

The photographer of a famous bee picture has died. Richard Avedon whose 1981 picture of a near hairless beekeeper “Ronald Fischer, beekeeper” partially covered in bees (looking like tattoos) has died in Texas aged 81.

The story of the photoshoot makes for an interesting read (and listen). Apparently, there was a Buddhist and a Christian version of the photo. In the Buddhist version, the beekeeper was serene, in the Christian version he grimaced with pain. Avedon chose the Buddhist version as the final print.


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