Richard Avedon (1923-2004) was one of the foremost photographers of his generation, and it's taken me far too long to give him a series. He was friends with James Baldwin in his Brooklyn high school, so his association with the avante garde goes way back. Initially best known as a fashion photographer, he eventually went on to do some cutting edge work, including nudes. We start the set with an image from a 1970 special gallery show that featured huge mural size photos of Andy Warhol's crew, among other subjects. The show has been repeated at the Metropolitan Museum. Not shabby.