This year 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Marylin Monroe, one of cinema's most iconic, examined and enduring sex symbols. To comemmorate the occasion, we are pleased to dislpay at Tom Greyhound Paris her famous last photo shoot by Bert Stern, taken just one month before she died.
In 1962, Marilyn Monroe arrived at Hotel Bel-Air – alone, five hours late and ready to discard her inhibitions for the camera of legendary photographer. This 12-hour photo shoot, and the following two sessions, yielded nothing short of magic.
A series of 2,571 portraits revealed a Marilyn completely unreserved yet utterly glamorous in wispy scarves, pink silk, birdcage veils, and an iconic black velour gown by Christian Dior.
It was Marilyn who gave that felt tip to the photos she refused to publish in Vogue. A cross that became a crucifix.
One of the most famous photos of the 20th century.
Bert Stern was an American photographer best known for his iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe. Born on October 3, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, Stern taught himself how to take photographs as a youth. Over the course of his career, Stern changed the landscape of fashion and advertising photography by creating dynamic, stand-alone images that no longer existed simply to serve the text. He emerged alongside Richard Avedon, Marc Shaw and Irving Penn as a pioneer of this new, confrontational style.
8 authentic collectors shots tinged with emotions that Marylin will never see published.
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Image Credit: Renata Negroni