n°199/ Last Bow

December 2015

by Nathalie Azoulai

Céline might have picked her if she was still alive. Embodying the most acurate and modern female perspective about love, Marguerite died an old wrinkled woman after having being a radiant beauty. And Avedon just showed it. In this 1983 photograph, she appears both royal and modest, aging and juvenile. One of the greatest French writers, Duras left a literary pattern that talks about sex, femininity and self-destruction. And a unique tone of voice which you can almost hear through her smile.

 Marguerite Duras