Chronicled in the book, Marilyn Monroe features almost 100 photographs, including 28 previously unseen images of the star capturing her sometimes nave, coquettish yet sensitive side, rarely portrayed through the lens or witnessed by the public.
Harrods and the Halcyon Gallery are proud to announce the opening of this remarkable collection of photographs on May 30 - June 18 at Harrods in the Halcyon gallery on the third floor. Combined with Eve Arnolds revealing text, this poignant book gives great insight into the career and personality of one of the worlds most beloved icons. It is also testament to the wonderful friendship that Monroe and Eve Arnold forged following a 1952 shoot for Esquire magazine. During their 10 year collaboration Eve Arnold photographed Monroe on six different occasions including a two month-long session while Monroe was shooting The Misfits. She trusted me, Eve Arnold said. We played a lot. She was a joy to photograph. The bond between us was photography. She liked my pictures and was canny enough to realize that they were a fresh approach for presenting her a looser, more intimate look than the posed studio portraits she was used to in Hollywood. Eve Arnold.
Halcyon Gallery have produced an exclusive LIMITED EDITION (500) DELUXE Book beautifully designed to fit in a black lacquered box with a framed silver gelatin print of Marilyn Monroe - an intriguing portrait that has never been seen before! Halcyon Gallery also have for sale a selection of prints from the book available in two different sizes (16 x 20 in/ 406 x 508 mm) of which there are 23 images, 7 in colour and 16 in Black and White, (edition of 50) and a larger size print (41 x 61 in/1050 x 1550 mm ) of which there are 11 images all in black and white.
Reflecting on her life, Eve Arnold now 94 says My passport was my camera. Few photojournalists have achieved the breadth and depth of work that Eve Arnold has in a 50 year career that has taken her from Hollywoods inner sanctum to the Hindu Kush. A fully fledged member of Magnum Photos Eve Arnold has received numerous awards and honours, to name but a few the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers and fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.
More than forty years after Monroes death, Eve Arnold is still haunted by the memory of her dear friend. Through this book Eve Arnold aims to understand her subject better By seeing her through photographs it may be possible to get some some idea of how she saw herself and perhaps to glean some insight into the phenomenon that was Marilyn Monroe. As Angelica Houston so aptly puts it in her Forward to Marilyn Monroe It is not surprising that Marilyn, with her extraordinary gift for conveying emotional colours, would seek the mirror that Eve Arnolds camera provided.