John Szarkowski, as photographed by Richard Avedon.
Szarkowski was the Director of Photography at MoMA from 1962 to 1991, and as such was able to define both the future direction and past history of photography as an art form.
He was also obsessed with apples. In almost every book he wrote, and in many essays and critiques, Szarkowski would invariably return to images of apples, apple trees, and apple shaped objects. As a result, museum collections all over the world own a fair number of apple-themed images in their collections. All aspiring photographers have studied these images, whether they realize it or not.
For Szarkowski, all things of beauty, even those stored in two dimensions — on silver-coated glass or paper — inevitably and relentlessly return to the apple tree.