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Merce Cunningham: An Original Portrait

08/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Legendary dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham died today. I photographed Merce Cunningham for the first time, on July 3, 1989, just over 20 years ago. My friend Bill Katz had asked me to shoot Merce, John Cage and Jasper Johns, together, for the catalogue of Anthony d'Offay's upcoming exhibition of "Dancers on a Plane."

It was a wonderful day. John Cage made us laugh, Jasper seemed delighted to see his old friends and Merce was full of life, still excited about new dances.

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