Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jackie and Marilyn: The Men They Shared, part 2

Celebrity can work both ways, in that once a person is connected to another, fame can prove contagious, lasting and immortalizing. This is partly true when it comes to Richard Avedon.
A noted photographer, Avedon was hired several times to work with Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s. Here is one of his most iconic shots of the actress:
What is most striking is that this picture happened toward the end of the shoot, after Marilyn had spent hours laughing, dancing, and twirling for the camera, or, as Avedon called it, "being Marilyn Monroe."
But another series of portraits solidified Avedon's fame: The Kennedy family portraits for Harpers Bazaar. Below is one of my all-time favorite moments between Jackie and her husband:
 Is there any denying his smirk and Jackie's 'wonderment'? Avedon deserves much applause for capturing those rare, almost-missed moments of Jackie and Marilyn. In both shots here, the women are legends in the making, ripe with youth and unearthly beauty.
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