Marilyn Monroe was an enigma wrapped within an enigma. As time goes on she is still as beautiful and mysterious as ever. Known yet unknown. Her soul tucked away far from reach.
During the 1960’s, Lawrence Schiller, who was himself only 23 the first time he met Marilyn. A brash young journalist and photographer, Schiller wanted to make a name for himself. Marilyn allowed this young ambitious man to photograph her at various times, sometimes chastising and reminding him that photographers can be replaced when the young photographer was a little too sure of himself.
Schiller’s memories of those times, unique and now etched in history, are both joyous and ambitious. Marilyn wanted to be seen as a serious actress and not just as a muse or as a body. She was still reserved while at times having great confidence. She knew she was physically beautiful yet she wanted more. She yearned for intellectual satisfaction and recognition. Perhaps her own beauty denied her that.
Schiller describes his encounters with Marilyn but the star of this Art Edition is definitely Marilyn. The photographs are beautiful and worthy of such an edition.
Marilyn with sparklers as photographed by Lawrence Schiller
During the shoot Marilyn laughs and enjoys herself.
Marilyn & Me: A Photographer’s Memories by Lawrence Schiller, published by Taschen
Pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315GS paper, 37 x 23.6 cm on 39.5 x 29 cm paper (14.6 x 9.3 in. on 15.6 x 11.4 in. paper), hardcover volume in clamshell box, 29 x 39.5 cm (11.4 x 15.6 in.), 210 pages
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