Someone has encouraged me to start sharing things that inspire me, and since I'm too lazy to retouch my own stuff I've decided that I agree. Starting to talk about inspiration with out mentioning Richard Avedon would be so blasphemous that I wouldn't dare to do otherwise.
Consider it a cliché if you want, but if it weren't for Richard Avedon, I would not even be a photographer. I was in the photography club in highschool, and never even considered it as a career until we all watched a documentary about him. The way he and others spoke about his work really stayed with me ... his process, his methods. The passion that he had for what he did, and that others had for what he did. I'd never seen anything like that before, and his images were completely unforgettable. So although everyone has seen all of his work before, here it is - the man who ignited that first spark, which I can't seem to get rid of.