I'm doing my research paper on Avedon and his famous portraits so i've been looking at his image a lot this week. I read the story behind this marilyn monroe photo in the "performance" book that was made after he passed away. They were shooting and she was putting on her show of being happy and sexy witht the camera. But when the shoot was over she sat down and had this exhausted, sad, look on her and he photographed. I think it shows Marilyn's true feelings and the pain she was going through in her life. I love the tonal value and the negative space that actives her body and face.