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Take A Look At These Rare Images Of Marilyn Monroe

A new exhibition of Marilyn Monroe images, captured by Milton H. Greene, are going on display in London and here you can take a sneak-peek at the rare photographs.

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Marilyn Monroe- The Ballerina Sitting, 1954

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Famed photographer Milton H. Greene has an incredible collection of portraits of the ever-beautiful Marilyn Monroe and a selection of his work will be going on display at the Proud Galleries, London in May. 

Milton photographed the versatile characters Marilyn performed for the camera, shooting the actress in 52 different settings resulting in an archive of over 5000 images and the public will get the chance to see several of Milton's large-scale photographic prints of the famous actress decorating the walls of Proud Central from 11 May until 24 June 2018. 


Marilyn Monroe, The Bed Sitting, 1953

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Marilyn met Milton on a photoshoot for Look magazine in 1953. Noted for his fashion shoots that appeared in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Milton turned his attention to celebrity culture and photographed many high-profile personalities of the era including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn.

Following their first collaboration, the pair formed a close bond and business partnership, together establishing the company ‘Marilyn Monroe Productions’, giving Marilyn control and ownership of her career. Milton encouraged Marilyn to step away from the ‘dumb blonde’ roles that she had become known for and took a series of photographs which challenged this stereotype.


Marilyn Monroe - The White Fur Sitting, 1955

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Marilyn Monroe - The Black Sitting, 1956

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Working in locations that varied from the Californian landscape to film sets and photography studios, the pair collaborated throughout their friendship as they worked together to broaden the public’s perception of 'Marilyn'.

'Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene' exhibits Marilyn in overwhelming detail, encapsulating the glamour, charisma and unique charm that contributed to her stratospheric success and enduring legacy.

Entry to the exhibition is free and more information can be found on the Proud website


Marilyn Monroe - The Negligee Sitting, 1953

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Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene

  • 11 May 2018 - 24 June 2018
  • Entry: Free
  • Address: Proud Central 32 John Adam Street London WC2N 6BP
  • Monday to Saturday: 10am till 7pm, Sunday: 10am till 6pm
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