“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.”
– Richard Avedon, about taking a photo of Marilyn Monroe
Sources: Richard Avedon portraits. Essays by Maria Morris Hambourg, Mia Fineman and Richard Avedon; foreword by Philippe de Montebello. New York: Harry N. Abrams: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002.