Shooting Stars: Iconic Images of Hollywood’s Golden Age, a Bob Willoughby retrospective, is on display at the Elliott Halls Gallery in Amsterdam until January 19. Willoughby photographed MM at Ray Anthony’s ‘My Marilyn’ party in 1952 (see above), and on the Let’s Make Love set in 1960. Bob Willoughby died in 2009; you can read my tribute to him here.
‘Beauty Culture’, a new exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, includes a sub-section devoted to Marilyn Monroe and her many imitators.
Photographers Bert Stern, Bob Willoughby, and Joe Shere, who all worked with Marilyn, are listed among the contributors.
“Marilyn Monroe has been awarded her own subtopic — ‘The Marilyn Syndrome’ — in which images of Kate Moss, Lindsey Lohan and Anna Nicole Smith, all channeling Monroe, are displayed with several pictures of the actress. A quote from Gloria Steinem seems to sum up the mystique and status of the late movie star: ‘The woman who died too soon became the woman who would not die.'”