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Overview

There have been many Marilyn Monroe photo books—but nothing like this.

Curator and photographic preservationist David Wills has amassed one of the world’s largest independent archives of original Marilyn Monroe photographs. Now, in Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, he has gathered spectacular, museum-quality work from Marilyn’s key photographers—Richard Avedon, George Barris, Cecil Beaton, Bernard of Hollywood, Andre de Dienes, Elliott Erwitt, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Tom ...

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Overview

There have been many Marilyn Monroe photo books—but nothing like this.

Curator and photographic preservationist David Wills has amassed one of the world’s largest independent archives of original Marilyn Monroe photographs. Now, in Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, he has gathered spectacular, museum-quality work from Marilyn’s key photographers—Richard Avedon, George Barris, Cecil Beaton, Bernard of Hollywood, Andre de Dienes, Elliott Erwitt, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Tom Kelley, Douglas Kirkland, Willy Rizzo, Sam Shaw, and many others—to create this dazzling portfolio of images from every period of Marilyn Monroe’s adult life, from her wedding day in 1942 till just weeks before her death two decades later. Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis pays homage to her continually evolving style and extraordinary beauty.

Among the highlights:

  • Previously unseen Kodachrome, dye transfer, and Carbro prints of Norma Jeane from her modeling career.
  • Classic portraits and pinups in luscious full color, digitally restored from the original transparencies.
  • Never-before-seen photos from the sets of The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, The Misfits, and Something’s Got to Give.
  • Rare candids of Marilyn with Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, and others.
  • Previously unpublished photos by Richard Avedon, George Barris, Cecil Beaton, David Conover, Elliott Erwitt, John Florea, Tom Kelley, Richard C. Miller, Frank Powolny, Willy Rizzo, Zinn Arthur, and many others.

Pairing more than two hundred first-generation photos with reflections on Marilyn from her friends, work associates, and admirers—and including her last interview, in which she reflects on her life and fame—Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis is an unforgettable showcase of the actress’s transformation from an unknown factory worker to one of the most recognized faces in history.

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"I have too many fantasies to be a housewife," Marilyn Monroe once admitted. "I guess I am a fantasy." If so, she was a fantasy shared by an adoring public and, by the evidence of this defining pictorial, by legions of gifted photographers. David Wills' mammoth, 320-page pictorial reveals Marilyn in more ways than we have ever seen before; from previously unpublished Kodachromes and Carbro prints of Norma Jean; to masterful studio shots; to poignant images taken just weeks before her death. Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis contains museum-quality reproductions of photographs of the starlet by Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Milton Greene, Willy Rizzo, Philippe Halsman, George Barris, and others. The ultimate MM pictorial.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062036193
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 82,661
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Australian-born David Wills is an author, independent curator, photographic preservationist, and editor who has accrued one of the world's largest independent archives of original photographs, negatives, and transparencies. He has contributed material to many publications and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Wills has produced a series of photography exhibitions based on images from his archive. His shows include Murder, Models, Madness: Photographs from the Motion Picture Blow-UpEdie Sedgwick: Unseen Photographs of a Warhol SuperstarBlonde BombshellJames BondWomen with Issues: Photographs from the Motion Picture Valley of the Dolls; and Warhology.

In 2002 Wills photo-edited Bernard of Hollywood's Ultimate Pin-up Book, in 2008 he coauthored Veruschka, in 2010 he authored Ara Gallant featuring an introduction by Angelica Huston, in 2011 he wrote Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, and in 2012 he authored Audrey: The 60s.

His books and exhibitions have received major profiles in the Los Angeles Times, the New York TimesVanity FairAmerican PhotoVogue, and Time. He has also written articles on photography and popular culture for publications including the Huffington PostV Magazine, and Palm Springs Life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    If you are looking for a book on Marilyn Monroe, and have an ide

    If you are looking for a book on Marilyn Monroe, and have an idea of her life, and want a book that is just photos with
    a very little writing, this is the ultimate book of Marilyn photos. Never in all my years of being a fan of hers, have I ever 
    found a book that is as magnificent as this. The photos are will leave you in awe, and are simply breathtakingly beautiful.
    This is by far the best large book of photos of Marilyn I have ever seen. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    One of the Best...

    Beautifully compiled photographic history with insightful writing.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    For Marilyn lover

    So many books about her out there ! how to pick ! well this one is not the best but it's certainly not the worst ! nothing really new but still enjoyable to look at.
    Good to have on your shelf if you like her.

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