Thursday, 17 May 2012

Marilyn Monroe by Lawrence Schiller

Marilyn Monroe is the poster girl for this year's Cannes film festival, on occasion of its 65th birthday. Her magnetising sensuality and mesmerizing beauty are still relevant today, she'll always be one of the greatest Hollywood's icons.

If you're in Cannes, this afternoon is the opening of Lawrence Schiller's exhibition and launch of his book Marilyn & Me: A Memoir in Words and Photographs. He is one of the four photographers still alive who has immortalised Marilyn Monroe.

"Marilyn was a photographer's dream subject with her clothes on and even more stunning with them off. She was a week away from her thirty-sixth birthday, and she looked as good as she had ever look." Lawrence Schiller

Lawrence Schiller/ Courtesy Taschen and Steven Kasher Gallery

In 1973, Schiller collaborated with Norman Mailer and twenty-four of the world's foremost photographers on the worldwide best-selling book, Marilyn, which sold 6 million copies in 16 languages.

Since then, he has never published another story about the star and never before in his own words. Taschen's limited edition Marilyn & Me is an insightful vision of her, captured by Schiller when he was a young and ambitious photographer.

"I never wanted to be Marilyn. It just happened. Marilyn is like a veil I wear over Norma Jean." Marilyn Monroe

Marlilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller (Taschen)

This book allows us to step into Marilyn Monroe's intimacy at the time when the movie Something's Got to Give was being shot. More than a hundred extraordinary photographs from two of her final films, most of them never seen before, contribute to this poignant portrait of her.

Schiller is also premiering his first UK solo exhibition alongside the book launch and signing at Walton Fine Arts gallery in London (24 May - 23 June 2012).

Book cover

Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller
Clic Gallery
18 - 31 May 2012

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Hollywood Icon: Marilyn Monroe
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