Monday, April 25, 2011


I found about this story relating to the photo below a few days back. It was just so sad and touching. Everyone seems to portray Marilyn as this perfect woman with a perfect life when most likely, she lead a difficult life.

"In Marilyn Monroe, Avedon found a virtuoso of theatrical self-impersonation and with her pursued the mysterious point of convergence between actor and character, between the private self and the public role. “There was no such person as Marilyn Monroe,” he explained in an interview with the filmmaker Helen Whitney. “Marilyn Monroe was someone Marilyn Monroe invented, like an author creates a character.” 

Recalling the portrait session that took place in his studio on a May evening in 1957, he continued:

“For hours she danced and sang and flirted and did this thing that’s—she did Marilyn Monroe. And then there was the inevitable drop. And when the night was over and the white wine was over and the dancing was over, she sat in the corner like a child, with everything gone. I saw her sitting quietly without expression on her face, and I walked towards her but I wouldn’t photograph her without her knowledge of it. And as I came with the camera, I saw that she was not saying no.”

Source:Richard Avedon: Marilyn Monroe, Actress, New York City (2002.379.11) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This also goes to show how pictures can be many things. They can portray the truth or utter lies, they can evoke emotions of sadness or joy and everything in between. 


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