Just remembering…

October 7, 2009

William Casby, born a slave. by Richard Avedon

Years ago I went to the Avedon Portraits exhibition at the Met (2002 I guess). In it, you were faced with X-large format pictures of ‘ordinary’ citizens. I will never forget coming across this picture. Around a corner, and there it was. His eyes, his lines, they all tell a story that no one in the Western World can communicate with at all today.  This man was born a slave. And there is a photograph of him. Not some distant painting in the far corner of a museum somewhere.  Photographic evidence of this unique experience. And he would be about the age of my great grandmother. Strange.

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