Integrative Seminar 2: Response to Avedon

Avedon’s photograph depicts a portrait of Marilyn Monroe. The thick black border surrounding the photograph and the black and white filter indicate a memory from the past and the time when cameras did not have colors (taken in 1957). Her gloomy, miserable expression gazing at a certain direction and the dark, sparkling long V-neck dress reflected by the source of light is clearly depicted in the photograph. Likewise, Monroe’s curly blonde hair allows Monroe to become an elegant woman as an actress. Learning from the past works by Avedon, he depicts the types of Americans through color, age, and identity.

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