The Avedon Photo, June 1979

In 1979, Kathy and I were living outside of Santa Fe, NM. We were working, at the time, for the Southwest Outward Bound School, which was headquartered in Santa Fe. In June of that year we and friends did a run of the Racecourse rapids, on the Rio Grande. On the way home, we stopped for dinner at El Paragua Restaurant, in Espanola. No doubt we were a boisterous group. In any event, we attracted the attention of a photographer who was traveling and photographing the West. He was Richard Avedon, and his resulting book, which consists of portraits, was titled: “In the American West 1979-1984: Photographs”. He approached us and asked if we would allow him to photograph us. We agreed and the resulting photo is seen below.

The photo was taken at the home of Victor and Linda Maymudes, and includes some who were not part of the original rafting group, as the word had gotten out that we were to sit for the most famous photographer of the day. The photo is, in fact, completely pedestrian, as it was not Avedon’s aim to immortalize us. Rather, he was interested in doing a portrait of Victor Maymudes, who was, by far, the most striking individual in our group. As far as I know, however, this didn’t happen.

This same photo appears in a book co-authored by Victor Maymudes and his son Jacob, written after Victor’s death. The book is titled: “Another Side of Bob Dylan, A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks”. Victor’s authorship is via tapes that he had earlier recorded, concerning his off and on again business and personal relationship with Bob Dylan.

I’ve doctored the photo by adding names, cropping it and removing one person who had invited himself to the shoot.

Photo by Richard Avedon, Santa Fe, NM, June 1979

Photo by Richard Avedon, Santa Fe, NM, June 1979

In the photo, myself and wife Kathy are seen on the far left. We had organized the raft trip. On the far right is Victor and Linda Maymudes. Linda is seen here eight months pregnant with her son Jacob. Next to them is the Frishman family. Harry Frishman was then the Program Director of the Southwest Outward Bound School. In front of Harry is my son Ethan, and in front of Victor is Kathy’s son Brahm Reynolds. Kathy’s daughter Laina Reynolds is seen in front of and to photo right of Kathy. The two Law families were friends of Victor and Linda Maymudes.

Kathy and I now live beside the Rio Grande in Embudo, NM, where we own and operate New Wave Rafting Co. and, in the winter, work as ski instructors at Taos Ski Valley. My son Ethan and Kathy’s daughter Laina and families both live in the East Bay (CA). Kathy’s son Brahm died in a kayaking accident in 1997. Linda Maymudes lives in Rowe, NM and currently works as a nurse practitioner in the Las Vegas, NM area. Harry Frishman died in a fall, while doing a winter ascent of the Middle Teton, WY, many years ago. Libby Frishman remarried and lives in Magdalena, NM. Jackson Frishman and family live in California. Aerie Maymudes and family live in Oregon. I presently have no information on the fortunes and whereabouts of the members of the two Law families, and others seen in the photo.

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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5 Responses to The Avedon Photo, June 1979

  1. Jackson says:

    Hadn’t looked at this in ages – I think Libby has a somewhat different version. I had forgotten that you and Kathy were in it. Thanks!


  2. Steve Bodio says:

    We have it up on the wall with another black and white photo by a ‘name’ photographer, also a freebie. As far as I can see it is exactly the same. Yours looks a bit sepia on the site– I’ll put ours up on my blog later today.


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