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.