The photo is sometimes credited to Joseph Jasgur, but I’m not sure if this is correct. In the book, the photo is dated to 1948, two years after they last worked together. The photographer is not named in Hollywood Dogs, but it’s said to have been taken while Marilyn was signed to Columbia, where she was often photographed by Ed Cronenwerth (although their work was mostly studio-based.)
I have posted more from the series below…
A preview of Hollywood Dogs, over at the Vanity Fair website, also includes one of Eric Skipsey’s famous shots of Marilyn with her beloved Maltese poodle, Maf, in 1961.
The photo is part of a series taken by Ed Cronenwerth as early as 1948, while Marilyn was under contract to Columbia (where she won her first starring role in a minor musical, Ladies of the Chorus.)
While there is little evidence to suggest that Marilyn practised yoga regularly, she was certainly one of the first Hollywood stars to champion the traditional eastern discipline. Monroe is also said to have pursued further instruction in the final year of her life.