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In Tribute to David Bowie
January 12th, 2016 3:50 pm

David Bowie just released his 25th album last week. What a shock to the world the news of him passing on Sunday. All of us at the Archives have been working on our latest Series honoring Milton’s Life work, “The Anthology Collection.” This Bowie photograph is a sneak preview of one of the images that are included in this best of selection. 

Milton had decided he was moving to San Francisco in 1980. One of the very last sittings he did at the house on 78th Street was a spontaneous one. He was working with an art dealer who brought over an entourage of Rock Stars, literally. Keep in mind, Milton did not necesarily know their music, but he was no stranger to people who were authentic. He liked Bowie & Ronny because of their love of art and the written word, not because of Ziggy Stardust or the Stones. The spark that bonded David & Milton was their appreciation for Samuel Clemens. Who knew Bowie was a man of prose! Both of them went off on how great Twain's short stories were. Building off these passions they went upstairs to the studio, my old bedroom. After a few hours of pomp & circumstance and only three rolls of film of various poses, we chose this frame. The Anthology Edition is a tribute to Milton's life's work which must include this special series of this band of brothers that graced Milton with an unexpected and most pleasurable visit.

In honor of his passing, the Archives is offering 40% off any purchase when using the code: ziggy. Thiss code is good until January 31st, 2016.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Starring Marilyn Monroe
December 15th, 2015 12:14 pm
The Rock Sitting series by Milton H Greene

Marilyn Monroe was one of the most photographed women in the world, it’s perhaps unsurprising, 53 years on from her untimely death, that we are still being presented with unseen images of her.

These unseen images and more can be viewed at the exhibition of Monroe pictures, called Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, by two celebrated American photographers Milton H. Greene & Douglas Kirkland, which opens next month at Chelsea’s Little Black Gallery from January 19th to the 27th of February 2016 at The Little Black Gallery, 13a Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ

Milton H. Greene (1922-1985) made his mark as one of the most celebrated photographers in the world. Greene began taking pictures at the early age of 14. By age 23, he was referred to as "Color Photography's Wonder Boy.” working for Life, Look, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue. Greene's most noted work is with Marilyn Monroe. They first met in 1953 on assignment for Look Magazine. He photographed her in 52 different sittings producing over 5,000 images, some of which have never been published.

Douglas Kirkland was born in Toronto, Canada. He joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, and Life Magazine during the golden age of 60’s/70’s. Kirkland has worked on the sets of over one hundred motion pictures and his photography has been exhibited all over the world. The evening he spent with Monroe 54 years ago was sensual, intimate, and spontaneous, and it produced the famous series “An Evening With Marilyn Monroe.” According to Kirkland, the two of them shared a tension-filled shoot. He describes their time together as though they “were in a beautiful dance”.

For more information about the gallery you can visit Iconic Images or The Little Black Gallery websites.

Morrison Hotel Gallery
December 3rd, 2015 10:16 am

David Bowie, 1973 © Sukita

David Bowie, 1973 © Sukita

Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe, NYC, 1969Joni Mitchell,


Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe, NYC, 1969 © Norman Seeff

Joni Mitchell, "Hejira" album cover, 1976 © Norman Seeff

Morrison Hotel Gallery and Motocinema are proud to announce the exhibit, Picture Start, at the EPIC Hotel in Miami during Art Basel. The exhibit will be up from December 2nd through the 6th.

Picture Start will feature photographs by Masayoshi Sukita, his iconic photos of David Bowie have only been shown once before in the United States at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. Also featured are larger than life size images of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards by legendary photographer Norman Seeff. The gallery also has a stunning sales suite in the hotel so please make sure you visit us there.

To schedule an exhibition viewing or a sales consultation, please contact our SoHo, NYC Gallery and Sales manager Jeremy Ross

Marilyn Monroe's My Story: Korean Serenade
November 11th, 2015 4:24 pm


   My travels have always been of the same kind. No matter where I’ve gone or why I’ve gone there, it ends up that I never see anything. Becoming a movie star is living on a merry-go-round. When you travel you take the merry-go-round with you. You don’t see natives or new scenery. You see chiefly the same press agent, the same sort of interviewers, and the same picture layouts of yourself.

   I thought Japan would be different because the Studio had wiped its hands of me. The Publicity Department had received instructions to spike all Monroe publicity. I was to be given the don’t-mention-her-name treatment.

   Joe was very happy to hear this, but he didn’t stay happy long. From the minute the Studio washed its hands of me, my name started popping out of big front page headlines. Joe’s too.

   Seeing your name in front page headlines as if you were some kind of a major accident or gun battle is always startling. No matter how often you see it you don’t get used to it. You keep thinking—”That’s about me. The whole country’s reading about me. Maybe the world is.”

   And you remember things. All your hungry days and hysterical nights step up to the headlines and take a bow.

   Japan turned out to be another country I never saw. An Army officer came up to our seat in the airplane as we were approaching Japan. He was General Christenberry. After introducing himself, he asked, “How would you like to entertain the soldiers in Korea?”


   "I’d like to,” my husband answered, “but I don’t think I’ll have time this trip.”

   “I wasn’t asking you,” the General said. “My inquiry was directed at your wife.”

   “She can do anything she wants,” said Joe. “It’s her honeymoon.”

   He grinned at me and added, “Go ahead.”

   Joe stayed in Tokyo, and I went to Korea. My first stop was in a hospital full of wounded soldiers. I sang some songs including one called, “Do It Again.”

   The soldiers were wonderful. They cheered and applauded as if they were having a good time. Everybody loved everything I did except the officer in charge of my Korean tour. He took me aside and told me I would have to change my material.

   “What material?” I asked.

   “That song, ‘Do It Again,’” he said. “It’s too suggestive to sing to soldiers. You’ll have to do a classy song instead.”

   “But ‘Do It Again’ is a classy song,” I told him. “It’s a George Gershwin song.”

   “Doesn’t matter,” the officer insisted. “You’ll have to change it.”

   I hadn’t sung the song with any suggestive meaning. I had sung it as a straight, wistful love song. But I knew there was no use arguing about it. I’d been up against this sort of thing before. People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of a mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts. Then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.

   “If I change the phrase, ‘do it again,’ to ‘kiss me again,’ will that be all right?” I asked.

   The officer was dubious, but he finally agreed.

   “Try it,” he said, “and try not to put any suggestive meaning into it.”

   “Just kissing,” I said.

    We took a helicopter for the front. I didn’t see Korea and its battlefields and beaten up towns. I left one landing field and came down on another. Then I was put in a truck and taken to where the 45th Division was waiting. The 45th Division was my first audience after the wounded in the hospital.

   It was cold and starting to snow. I was backstage in dungarees. Out front the show was on. I could hear music playing and a roar of voices trying to drown it out.

   An officer cam back stage. He was excited.

   “You’ll have to go on ahead of schedule,” he said. “I don’t think we can hold them any longer. They’re throwing rocks on the stage.”

   The roar I’d been hearing was my name being yelled by the soldiers.

   I changed into my silk gown as quickly as I could. It had a low neckline and no sleeves. I felt worried all of a sudden about my material, not the Gershwin song but the others I was going to sing—”Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”

   It seemed like the wrong thing to say to soldiers in Korea, earning only soldiers’ pay. Then I remembered the dance I did after the song. It was a cute dance. I knew they would like it.

This is where Marilyn’s manuscript ended when she gave it to me.


Milton H. Greene

Excerpted from My Story written by Marilyn Monroe. Published by Taylor Trade Publishing.

Camelot: Julie Andrews 1960, New York City
October 1st, 2015 1:36 pm

Julie Andrews poses for some publicity shots for the Boradway production of Camelot in 1960 taken by Milton H. Greene
"Arthur Jacobs, our good friend and Marilyn Monroe’s publicist, before he became a bigtime movie producer with “Planet of the Apes”, was contracted to do the PR for the Lerner and Loewe Broadway show “Camelot.” Arthur wanted a book done of “Camelot” from day one of rehearsal. So he went to the powers that be, Lerner, Loewe and Hart, and explained the situation. It had never been done before but they agreed that it was a good idea and Arthur, being an old friend suggested Milton. They all knew of him and were delighted that he would even consider such a project. Contracts were signed and everybody was happy. They were all pros. Milton’s reputation preceded him and even Richard Burton and Julie Andrews were impressed. Our beloved friend Roddy McDowell played the villain and it was a joyful experience from beginning to end. Milton's work on Camelot was used in the Broadway album, the playbill, and a substantial story in Life magazine. When it opened in New York, it played to packed houses at every performance. As we all know, the play “Camelot” became associated with the JFK administration. They were glorious years."

Excerpted from But That's Another Story, by Amy & Joshua Greene. Published by powerHouse Books.