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John Loengard 
Richard Avedon "Ronald Fischer, Beekeeper" 1981 
[Celebrating The Negative] 
1981 (original image) 2008 (publication) 
Gelatin silver print 
Etherton Gallery 
New York City
Hands: Richard Avedon, 5.3.94
Even before Richard Avedon started his project In the American West in 1979, he planned to photograph a man covered with bees. He advertised for a subject, and found Ronald Fischer, a Chicago banker and amateur beekeeper. 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 ran though a stack of 8 x 10 inch film holders, and they both got stung.
This photograph is included in the portfolio Celebrating the Negative photographs by published by John Loengard, Etherton Gallery (2008), pl. 18
All photographs copyright John Loengard. Gelatin silver prints printed by Chuck Kelton, Kelton Labs, New York City, under the direct supervision of John Loengard. Printed on Ilford Multigrade Warm Glossy paper. Design and portfolio box construction by Jace Graf, Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, Texas.
Celebrating The Negative/Photographs by John Loengard was published by Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, in March, 2008, in an edition of eighteen portfolios, including fifteen numbered copies and three artist's proofs. 

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