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Oak Park Farmer's Market 7/6/02

Vital Information | Jul 6, 200202:47 PM

Was today as perfect as last week?

Well, the weather sure cooperated, there were donut samples wandering the market. I learned how the Avedon honey man became the Avedon honey man and the produce was just as abundant as ever.

The last stawberries lingered at Skibbes along with newer fruits: raspberries, red and black;tayberries which sounds like a yiddish illness, white peaches and even apricots. Nichols had no stawberries but had gooseberries in two varieties, currents likewise by two and blueberries singular. Around the market were plenty more blueberries at cheaper prices and plenty of summer cherries too. And pie cherries at a few vendors. Except for Skibbe's white peaches, no other peaches. Next week Mr. Lyons told me.

For veg, we found more pea things and the first cabbage coming up and squash flowers. Things that were fun to look at that we did not buy included three colors of carrots (some stubby, some ultra-thin), beets in even more shades including the grandisimo lutz beets at a buck a piece, the first califlower and the first potatoes. Finally, summer squash in about 30 shapes and sizes.

The honey man was offering honeyed lemonade today, and we struck up a conversation about the famous picture. I asked him how an Oak Park man had been included in a book of western photo's. It was a good story. He says that Avedon told him it is one of his three favorite photos he has taken. He liked it so much because it was the fulfilment of an idea he had.

When you see the picture of a completely peaceful Ronald Fischer oblivious to his bee dressing, you think Avedon worked around an amazing subject. Instead, we were told, Avedon conceived first, the idea of a bee covered man for his western photo book. He advertised in beekeeping journals for subjects. When Avedon saw the bald Ronald Fischer, he knew he had his man. He actually flew him from Oak Park to California, for the shoot, so the picture itself was actually taken out west.

Someone asked Mr. Fisher how much he was paid. He said he got only a small sitting fee, but then he noted he has the only 8 x 10, which is, of course, a hell of a modeling fee. The honey's pretty good too.

I've linked to the first review/image of the picture I could find. See you next week by the honey!




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