“There was no such person as Marilyn Monroe … [She was] invented, like an author creates a character.”        -Richard Avedon

During her portrait session, Marilyn was her usual extravagant self, laughing and singing and putting on a show. As they were wrapping up, Richard Avedon, who had been adjusting the camera, turned around and saw Marilyn sitting alone with a lost, poignant look on her face. Immediately, drawn to the strange light of truth he saw in her expression, Avedon knelt before her and took this picture. Marilyn didn’t object.

(Source: New York Magazine)


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