The task was slightly absurd, as Avedon, though nearing seventy, still had his antennae very much alert. If his professional enthusiasms were very public, his private ones were often hidden. For years, he chose to live in close proximity to his work partly for personal reasons. His long second marriage, to Evelyn Franklin, which lasted until her death, was not blissful. He never enjoyed the same level of conjugal harmony as Irving Penn, whom Avedon considered his only rival among living photographers.
Be the first to share your favorite memory, photo or story of Richard. This memorial page is dedicated for family, friends and future generations to celebrate the life of their loved one. We ask on behalf of the family that you keep your comments uplifting and appropriate to help all who come here to find comfort and healing. Pastor Wallace Richard Gay, Jr. He was married for 35 years to the love of his life Kimberly Bundy Gay. His children Jonathan, Joshua and Lydia were always his first ministry.
By the following summer, some were beginning to note the first symptoms of a disease that would begin to decimate gay men from coast to coast. Those of us who lived through the late '70s in one of the big gay meccas — Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York — saw a personal and very sexual expansion of freedom and identity. And then AIDS took hold and began a devastation. Now, 40 years since these photos, our relationship with AIDS has turned a page. Thanks to author and photographer Richard Sullivan for sharing these images and for keeping a record of a different time.
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