National Geographic : 2013 Oct
p hotos: IN the AmerIcAN West, pubLished by abrams books, 1985 © the richard avedon foundation, used by permission (top); Jacques henri Lartigue © ministère de La cuLture—france/aaJhL NEXT | FavoriTEs oF ThE Famous larry McMurtry, Writer i have a favorite book of photographs: richard avedon’s In the American West. it is a brilliant grouping that explodes the com- placent pastoralism that dominated photography of the West from the beginning, the most famous example of which is ansel adams’s “moonrise, hernandez, new mexico.” it is a fine photo- graph, of course, but what avedon has done is show us the people who live beneath such a moon. JeFF BriDges, actor here’s one of Jacques henri Lartigue’s (below). his photographs have a capricious quality that captures his life and times so brilliantly— sublime snapshots.