Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sittingby Bert Stern
Bert Stern, the famous commercial and fashion photographer of the 60s, was the last to be granted a sitting by Marilyn Monroe six weeks before her tragic death. The three-day session yielded nearly 2,600 pictures-fashion, portrait, and nude studies-of indescribable sensual and human vibrancy, of which no more than 20 were published. And yet these few photographs ineradicably shaped our image of Marilyn Monroe.
This book presents the complete set of 2,571 photos. The monumental body of work by the master photographer and the Hollywood actress marks a climax in the history of star photography, both in quantity and quality. It is a unique affirmation of the erotic dimension of photography and the eroticism of taking photos, and it is the world’s finest and largest tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
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excellent collection of rare photographs of Marilyn Monroe. This book has some of her most vulnerable and desperate pistures of her career. The text is insightful in how the sitting came about, and Stern does explain the themes of the pictures. The interesting thing about this book, is that Stern seems to either poke fun at the 'Marilyn Monroe' or completely ignore it. THere are several pictures of Monroe lampooning her iconic 'Diamond's Are a Girl's Best Friend' number. There are also pics in which Monroe wears little-to no make-up, and the early onsets of middle-age are very apparent--don't fret though, because on Marilyn Monroe, even wrinkles look fabulous. There is also two good sets of photos in which Monroe is dressed in a quasi-Jackie Kennedy costume--the first one has Monroe in a black wig, and the second set has the actress in a Oleg Cassini-type dress. Marilyn Monroe lost a lot of weight, so she is not as voluptuous as people will remember her as, but that adds to the fragile beauty of the pictures. There is an aura of fear and desperation in the pictures, and while some of the photos are meant to be light-hearted, they all end up being sad, and oddly testimonic. The best set in the book is an interesting collection of Monroe dressed in a large black back-less dress, with her hair combed back--at first glimpse this doesn't even look Marilyn Monroe, but the photographs reveal a pensive Marilyn. The pictures also reflect an intelligence that no other photographer was able to pull out. One cannot help but remeber Milton Greene's Ballerina Marilyn set when looking at these photos. There is a difference, however. In Greene's, the Marilyn that is presented is lucious, and sexy, and startingly innocent. Stern's Marilyn is intelligent, beautiful, but irreversably damaged. All in all, a beautiful collection that not only does Stern proud as an artist, but also presents Marilyn Monroe as an artist.