The first issue of Assistant Magazine is out, and is it ever glorious!
This quarterly journal deals with the past, present, and especially with the future of the role of assistants in fashion, fashion photography, style, the visual arts and more as a stepping stone to their own careers.
Seven pages of the beautifully-produced magazine are devoted to me and my time assisting photographer Richard Avedon in the 1950s and early 1960s, his most creative period. In this I left as advice:
"Be invisible. Do your job, but don't be the center of attention.
You are there to work, not to distract."
Assistant is published in France for worldwide distribution, and is completely in English. The quality of reproduction, the paper stock, and of the layouts approaches art-book levels.
I urge anyone interested in this field to give it a try. http://www.assistantmagazine.com/.
Photography's Golden Age ended long ago but remains very much alive in my memory. From 1952 through 1965 I was an assistant to the world-famous photographer Richard Avedon during his most creative period, and do I ever have the stories to tell! Now is the time to reveal all, while I'm still alive and kicking. Tales of personalities, motivations, intrigues, and even the fine details of how it was all done.
What I need to make this project a reality is a co-conspirator to aid in getting the whole, true, uncensored story published -- either as a book, an e-book, or even a documentary for the record.
Anyone interested? Leave a message and I'll get back.