I bought a some Richard Avedon postcards on Ebay recently which arrived today. I really hoped that I might get them, and clearly fate had it that I did as I was in fact the only person who bid for them, much to my surprise.
When I saw the images on line, I thought they looked lovely, they are of course Richard Avedon images :) In some ways I was almost expecting that if I got them, holding them in my hands would feel the same way as looking at photographs in a book, but no, they are not.
These (old) postcards are different. They are produced to an very high standard, and looking at them, they almost look as though they were produced with the same attention to detail as his original first edition books were, yet them being postcards, they feel like I am holding prints. I really didn't expect that and I have never felt that with any other postcards of photographs before.
Holding these postcards has much more depth and feeling and I can therefore only imagine what it must be like to actually view the images themselves. It is therefore no wonder that his work is spoken of so highly.
There are two images particularly which I love more than the rest, and I think it is because I think two of the images capture something very special, they reveal something about Richard Avedon himself. I of course do not know if this is the case, but that is how they feel to me, they are very profound and powerful because of that and I never thought this would happen, and I don't think it would have had I not held these images in my hand.
So my lesson, I didn't just buy a set of postcards, I bought a lesson in producing art, I bought a masterclass lesson within that.