MOVIE stars come and go and although the term movie legend is bandied about a lot, few really deserve that accolade. One who unquestionably does is Marilyn Monroe for whom the word legend could have been coined.
This year is the 50th anniversary of her death and her allure and the public’s fascination with her troubled life not just endures but seems stronger than ever.
Little wonder then that a show just opened and continuing until June 30 at the Steven Kasher Gallery on W23rd St in New York’s Chelsea has generated such huge interest.
‘Marilyn and Me’ presents the work of photographer Lawrence Schiller, veteran snapper of the famous but probably best known for his association with Monroe.
The exhibition features over 50 of Schiller’s iconic shots of the screen goddess, a number of which were only recently uncovered in his archive.
On display for the first time are original proof sheets, complete with Marilyn’s markings and scrawled notes.
The show coincides with the publication of Schiller’s eleventh book, also called ‘Marilyn and Me’, and although he has had a long and illustrious career surprisingly this is the first US solo show of the 75-year-old Brooklyn-born photojournalist’s work.
Lawrence Schiller - Marilyn & Me—YouTube video