Thanks for the link. I have seen the series before, in the dim and distant past, but I had also forgotten just how innovative Avedon really was. I seem to keep believing that it all changed in the late 50s, but of course, it was well before that.
I also think it's very simple for somebody in his position (then!) to make easy remarks about not letting anything go, etc. If I had as much hair I might even feel tempted to make such statements myself... and believe them. Unfortunately, not many of us manage to keep going at that pace and at that level - if we even get near to it in the first place. It's often thought that a photographer gets ten good years - maybe fifteen if lucky. Nothing to do with him, everythig to do with his clients and the new, cheaper, exciting offers that come into the office every day. How do you fight off never ending competition without, one day, falling down with exhaustion or burnout?
Watching, I feel this urge to lose fifty years and start all over again... yeah, right.
But on the other things you mention Ė yes, it should be about doing not dreaming.
A single camera would be nice, and for the keen amateur itís a reality, or at least a possibility. The pro doesnít have the luxury unless heís very specialized; even now, retired, I canít be happy with anything much that I have, not because it isnít good Ė I think it is Ė but age and simplicity demand that I go light, and thatís the glitch: whatís the right light? And without breaking the bank? One thing I guarantee: the answer is not a cellphone!
It could be an M6, but it isnít going to be for the simple reason of cost. Yes, I could get one, but why when It wonít ever get the chance to pay for itself? Was a time when bank interest was real, and you could budget your life; now, you watch the numbers get lower on every statement because damn all comes in Ė it all goes on bloody bonus packages to other people.