The Heritage Studio

vis-à-vis: Richard Avedon and Tim Walker

Richard Avedon, 1981                                                                    Tim Walker, 2013

In 1981 farmer and beekeeper Ron Fischer answered an ad in a national beekeeping journal seeking a man or woman willing to be photographed with bees by a “world-famous photographer.” That photographer turned out to be Richard Avedon and the picture became one of the most iconic of our times. Fischer posed for an hour-and-a-half the first day and a half-hour a second day and he was stung twice.Tim Walker didn’t go as far as Avedon when in 2013 he shot for Vogue UK model Elza Luijendijk dressed in a honeycomb-like outfit and covered with a few scattered insects, probably added afterwards with the help of digital tricks. But this doesn’t make the picture any less intriguing.

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