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Like most classical photography, the base medium used here is black and white, instead of color. The reason as many would testify, is that the black and white range of photographs are a much more challenging medium to experiment with, and the room for mistakes are rather small. In other words, the skills and technique of a photographer are put to test using these limited shades, especially with reference to lighting and motion. The model, Ms. Nastassia Kinski had to gruel over a period of 2 hours, before having the Burmese python crawl up on her in the perfect position, when Richard Avedon snapped it all up in his camera.
The Heritage Auction is stated to take place on May 1, 2012, and along with this erotic masterpiece by Richard Avedon, there will be some other 60+ works from the Dr. Steven Smith collection which could be interest to classic photography lovers.
Via: Heritage Auctions
Update: Serpent, one of Richard Avedon's most famous works, brought $74,500 in an auction on May 1. It was expected to fetch $50,000.