The Archives’ Blog



February 27th, 2015 3:38 pm

     There has been a lot of online discussion recently about the actual colors of "The Dress."  If you haven't heard about it already, in a nutshell, disagreements have ensued regarding whether the dress seen below is white and gold or black and blue.  The question has taken on a life of it's own and become a hugely popular Internet meme. Numerous articles and blog posts have discussed everything from what the actual colors are to how your personality affects what colors you are seeing.


     We aren't going to wade into what color the dress actually is, especially since that has appeared to have been answered. The Dress Color meme, however, has opened up an opportunity to discuss what is an ongoing issue for artists, galleries and museums: How color changes and is affected by different types of light sources. It's called metamerism and overcoming it is a challenge for photography and fine art printers alike.

     How the color of the light (i.e. Kelvin temperature) reflects off the pigments in the ink affects how we see the color. For example, a black and white photograph hanging in a hotel lobby with fluorescent lighting might appear to have a green hue, while at home, under incandescent tungsten bulbs, the print will have a warm yellow cast. That same photograph displayed in a museum or gallery using industry standard Kelvin temperature lighting will appear to have no tint at all. That difference in color hue has to do with the varying Kelvin temperature of the light source.

     Here at The Archives, we are dealing mostly with older film and negatives, many of which have lost their full gamut of color. If you were to have a digital camera raw file as opposed to a negative, the full range of color and detail from white to black is far greater then any printer can capture.

     When we print for exhibitions, galleries and collectors, we have to manipulate all the individual colors independently via Photoshop, so as to control how the inks capture the pixel information and put it on media. All inks and media have color limitations. The challenge is how to overcome those limitations. When we create a print, we keep in mind the various light sources that the print could potentially be displayed under. At the Archives, we have various types of lighting, from standard fluorescent, to 47 and 5000 Kelvin solex bulbs that we view the print under to make sure the colors stay as consistent as possible under multiple types of lighting.  Proof prints are even taken outside in order to see how it looks in natural sunlight.

     To get the colors as close to perfect as we can often requires many proofs. It can be a detailed and meticulous process. The results, however, speak for themselves. When purchasing an Archives print, you can be assured that no matter what lighting it is seen under, observers won't be arguing about whether it is white and gold or blue and black.

Max On Greene
February 25th, 2015 3:19 pm

Max on Greene is a continuing collaboration between The Archives and celebrated graphic artist Peter Max. In this electrifying series are one-of-a-kind new works of Miss Monroe. In each painting, Max uses an iconic photograph of this Hollywood legend taken by the great fashion photographer Milton Greene, whose well-known friendship with Monroe produced these gorgeous photographs. Max brings his unique colors and brushstrokes to this new body of work, dramatically lighting up and bringing a whole new perspective to Greene’s renowned images.

For more information on Peter Max, please visit

Peter met Monroe when he was 27-years old at the Arts Students League of New York and Monroe commented on how colorful his pants were (not because of the fabric, but because of the paint marks on them). Every Peter Max work of art sold will be personally dedicated by the artist, and each of the Marilyn Monroe pieces are signed by Joshua Greene, along with the family seal on the back.

Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe
February 25th, 2015 11:07 am
This image of Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe was taken by Milton H. Greene in November, 1955. In order to raise money for the Actors Studio, a benefit gala for the play The Rose Tattoo was planned. Tickets were slow to sell, so the two stars were called upon to be photographed for PR and improve ticket sales. Marlon Brando was a 2-time Best Actor Oscars winner in 1965 for On The Waterfront and 1973 for The Godfather. He was nominated for Best Actor 7 times and Best Supporting Actor once in 1990.

Congratulations to Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne!
February 24th, 2015 11:44 am
We at The Archives would like to extend our congratulations to 2015 Academy Award winner for Best Actor Eddie Redmayne for his powerful performance of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."

The movie actually has a Milton H. Greene connection. Upon hearing that world famous physicist Stephen Hawking was a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe, Milton's son Joshua Greene, digitally added Hawking to an image his father took of Marilyn standing in front of a Cadillac and gave it him as a gift. The photo is a favorite of Stephen's and remains on his desk to this day. The image was recreated for the “The Theory of Everything" and features friend of The Archives, Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn. 

Congratulations again Eddie!

    Marilyn Monroe with Stephen Hawking


Above: The original photograph of Marilyn Monroe by Milton H. Greene that Joshua Greene digitally added Stephen Hawking to and gave to him as a gift. 

                        Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking with Suzie Kennedy as Marilyn Monroe
Above: The image recreated for the "The Theory of Everything" starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking. World-famous Marilyn Monroe impersonator Suzie Kennedy poses as Monroe.
3x14 Contest - Time To Show Off Your Work!
February 16th, 2015 4:14 pm
Click Here to view the submissions to our 3x14 Milton H. Greene video contest!

Contestants - Now its time to promote your video! Here is the way to do it:

Post a link to your video in Facebook and/or Twitter. Make sure to add the hashtags #miltonhgreene and #archiveimages to your post.
Then, encourage your friends, family, and fans to Like and Share (on Facebook) and Retweet (on Twitter) your post.
DO NOT continue to create new posts with links to your video. We suggest that you SHARE/RETWEET your original post as frequently as you wish. This will allow us to effectively monitor all stats regarding your video. We cannot use YouTube likes to evaluate the success of your entry, as YouTube forbids contests to take views into account. The person with the most likes/retweets gets 40 points (out of a possible 100) towards the GRAND PRIZE

On March 1st, we will post a Fan Vote Poll here on our blog. You will then be able to send folks here to cast their vote. The winner, by fan vote, receives 25 points towards the GRAND PRIZE.

Between now and March 14th, our panel of judges will evaluate your videos, grading by the following criteria:
Production Value
Historical Significance
Staying True to the Syle and Essence of Milton H. Greene.
The judges Overall Winner will receive 35 points towards the GRAND PRIZE.

In addition to our Grand Prize winner, there will be 4 more awards for the greatest in:
Production Value
Historical Significance
Staying True to the Style and Essence of Milton H. Greene.

Good luck everyone! Stay tuned for updates - Here on our blog, on Facebook, and Twitter!