The Black Sitting, 1956 © The Archives LLC / Iconic Images
But now we can see her as never before. In this small art gallery exhibition, rare Monroe photographs taken by celebrity photographer Milton Greene go on show for the very first time. Noted for his haute couture fashion shoots in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Milton is also known for his photographs of celebrity personalities including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn. Following their first collaboration in 1953, Monroe and Milton became firm friends and business partners, together establishing the company ‘Marilyn Monroe Productions’.
The Rock Sitting, 1954 © The Archives LLC / Iconic Images
Giving Monroe ownership of her image and career, Milton encouraged her to step away from the ‘ditzy blonde’ roles that she had become known for. Infatuated with Monroe's multi-faceted personae and ability to perform for the camera, he photographed the starlet more than 3000 times in 50 different settings.
In this series of large-scale photographic prints, Monroe's fragility, vulnerability and intoxicating sexuality come to light as never before. Off the beaten track, but Instagram heaven, this Monroe exhibition is one to make a beeline for.
The Ballerina Sitting, 1954 © The Archives LLC / Iconic Images
|What||Up Close with Marilyn by Milton H. Greene, Proud Galleries, London|
|Where||Proud Central , 32 John Adam St, London , WC2N 6BP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
11 May 18 – 24 Jun 18, Sunday 10am-6pm
|Website||Click here for more details|