Marilyn Monroe was the quintessential American sex symbol, personifying the glitz and glamor of the American Hollywood industry in the mid-Twentieth- century. Douglas Kirkland‘s extraordinary photographs, compiled for the first time in their complete form here, allow us to pry into the mysterious woman known as Marilyn Monroe, unveiling an intimate night that the world class photographer shared with the icon.
Douglas Kirkland changed all that with his assignment for Look magazine to photograph the movie star in 1961; and in the offing he made history for both himself and the actress. Working in the intimate confines of an unmade bed, the result still amazing today is a series of some of the most spontaneous and flirtatious photographs ever taken of this film legend that endure to the present, establishing the photographer’s career as a heavyweight and at the same time, adding a new facet to the icon known as Marilyn Monroe.
Douglas Kirkland is one of the best-known and longest-working photographers of our time. He began his career on assignment for Look and Life magazines, where he photographed such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich. His most recent books include, Coco Chanel: Three Weeks 1962; Michael Jackson: The Making of Thriller/Four Days, 1983; and Freeze Frame, Five Decades/400 Photographs, a collection of four decades of photographs of actors on the more than 100 movie sets he has visited, many of them iconic. Kirkland has been named “Photographer of the Year” (PMDA) and “Mentor of the Year” (Fotofusion). He lives in California with his wife and business partner, Françoise.
With Marilyn: An Evening/1961 by Douglas Kirkland comes out July 16th and will be available for purchase through Amazon.com for just $40. It will also be carried in major bookstores across the US & the UK and will retail at $60.00.