Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos

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Picture this: A master photographer shoots the most breathtaking movie star of her time high in the Canadian Rockies in the summer of 1953. And the negatives are filed away for nearly 60 years — most never seen until now!
It was yet another assignment for LOOK magazine staff photographer John Vachon. But when he arrived in Banff, Alberta, in mid-August of 1953 to shoot Marilyn Monroe on location making River of No Return, Vachon encountered an opportunity never afforded the ...
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Picture this: A master photographer shoots the most breathtaking movie star of her time high in the Canadian Rockies in the summer of 1953. And the negatives are filed away for nearly 60 years — most never seen until now!
It was yet another assignment for LOOK magazine staff photographer John Vachon. But when he arrived in Banff, Alberta, in mid-August of 1953 to shoot Marilyn Monroe on location making River of No Return, Vachon encountered an opportunity never afforded the many great photographers who took pictures of Marilyn during her short life. Due to an injured ankle that prevented her from filming, Vachon got access to Marilyn over a period of several days.
Vachon's lens captured her in a variety of contexts and countenances. Here is Marilyn the way we want to remember her: luminous, sexually charismatic, smiling radiantly — even on crutches. This extraordinary portfolio of revealing images ranges from her mugging poolside to riding high on a ski lift to nuzzling with her then-husband-to-be, the legendary Joe DiMaggio — the only time that the two posed formally together for a photographer.
In his ability to present her humanity without either idealization or guile, Vachon has given the legions of Marilyn fans worldwide a very rarely seen portrait of their idol. 102 duotone photos. Text by Brian Wallis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606600115
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Calla Editions Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 262,161
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Assignment: Marilyn Monroe by Brian Wallis
Marilyn and Joe 
Glamour Shots 
Candid Shots 
Talking on the Phone  
Stan's Swell Idea 
Establishing Shots  
O Canada  
She Understood Photography  
Letters Home  
Afterword: Marilyn Monroe and River of No Return by John Grafton

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

    A MUST HAVE FOR ANY MONROE FAN!!

    I ORDERED THIS BOOK AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR A FRIEND WHO LOVES MARILYN AND HER LIFE STORY. WHEN I RECEIVED THE BOX, I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. THIS BOOK IS SO GORGEOUS AND THE PICTURE QUALITY IS AMAZING. I LOVED LOOKING THROUGH IT SO MUCH I ORDERED ONE FOR MYSELF! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK!

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    A candid look at Marilyn at the height of here career.

    This book is a treasure for any Marilyn fan but I think would also be of interest to the general public. The photos are the long lost results of a 1953 Look magazine shoot. The Black and white photos were taken while Marilyn was in Canada on location for the "River of no Return."

    While some of the photos are posed, most are candid shots of Marilyn giving the reader a glimpse behind the scenes of this iconic star at the height of her career. I found myself taking my time as I paged through the book. There is a quality about Marilyn that is arresting, she makes you look, even more so in the candid shots. For more insight into Marilyn I am looking forward to "Fragments" to be released next week (Lost diaries of Marilyn's). And for a look into the making of Marilyn's last film I highly recommend "Misfits Country."

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