Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting

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Schirmer Art Books, 1992 - Photography - 463 pages
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In everyone's imagination Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) will forever remain a woman of breath-taking sex appeal and unparalleled beauty - a myth that transcends continents and generations. Bert Stern, the famous advertisement 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, which was arranged by Vogue and took place at the Los Angeles Bel-Air Hotel, yielded nearly 2,600 pictures - fashion, portraits and nude studies - of indescribable sensual and human vibrancy, of which vogue selected no more than twenty for publication. And yet these few photographs ineradicably shaped our image of Marilyn Monroe. The monumental body of work by the master photographer and the Hollywood actress, the most gifted photo model of her day, both quantitatively and qualitatively marks a climax in the history of star photography. A unique affirmation of the erotic dimension of photography and the eroticism of taking photographs, it is still the world's finest and largest tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Out of print for some time, our volume presenting the complete set of 2,571 photos is now available again in an unaltered edition. In his foreword, Bert Stern relates the planning and course of this unusual sitting that was to become a memorable and unrepeatable event for all involved - and especially for posterity.

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If you are an MM fan just go ahead and SPLURGE on this one..........I did & I have no regrets!!!! A few years ago I bought the abridged version of this book and really enjoyed it........but to have ... Read full review

Bert Stern/marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting

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Stern was the last fashion photographer to put Monroe through her paces just weeks before her untimely demise. This book collects the entire shoot, a whopping 2,571 color and monochrome pix, although ... Read full review

About the author (1992)

Bert Stern (1929 2013) was one of America s greatest portrait photographers, who during the 1960s produced 200 pages annually for Vogue, as well as many of the most important print and television advertising campaigns. He is best known for his revolutionary print ads for Smirnoff and for his portrait series of Marilyn Monroe, taken just six weeks before her death. Stern lived and worked in New York City.

Annie Gottlieb is a freelance writer specializing in psychology. She has contributed to many publications, including Mirabella, McCall's, and the New York Times Book Review and Op-Ed page. She is the author of Do You Believe In Magic?: Bringing the Sixties Back Home and coauthor of Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want.

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