Elliot Erwitt – who worked with Eve Arnold at Magnum, and also photographed Marilyn – remembers Arnold, and the friendship that developed between these two remarkable women, in a BBC interview.
This photo anthology from Prestel Publishing is set for release in Europe in March, in the UK on April 30, and in the US on May 25. Now available for pre-order at Book Depository and other online stores.
“It’s been half a century since we lost Marilyn Monroe, but her presence in popular culture has never faded – due in part to the incredible abundance of photographs that were taken of her. Many of those pictures were taken by members of the Magnum photographic cooperative, and appear in this stunning collection that expresses every aspect of Marilyn’s multifaceted persona. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Eve Arnold, Inge Morath, Philippe Halsman, Bruce Davidson, Dennis Stock, Bob Henriques, Erich Hartmann, and others capture Marilyn on and off the set. The images range from glamorous portraits to candid scenes of delicate intimacy. Marilyn is pictured filming movies such as Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; also included in the book are Elliot Erwitt’s renowned shots of Marilyn wrangling horses on the set of The Misfits, her last film. In richly toned black and white as well as lustrous colour, these photographs reveal Marilyn’s uncanny ease in front of the camera. Whether acting or exercising, putting on make-up or gracefully posing, Marilyn was a photographer’s dream. This celebration of her life will be a treasured keepsake for her millions of fans.”
Authors and contributors
Edited by Magnum Photos
Number of pages: 160
Width: 193 mm
Height: 240 mm
ISBN ISBN 13: 9783791346649
ISBN 10: 3791346644
Illustrations note 80
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This wonderful photo of Marilyn, taken by Dennis Stock, on board a plane in 1959 – she was returning to New York after meeting the Soviet president, Nikita Krushchev, in LA – was published in The Sun yesterday. It comes from Magnum’s Paris vaults, which have just been re-opened. One reader comments that it ‘clearly looks like one of a series. She looks as if she’s about to reveal all.’ (While other shots were taken on and off the plane, MM kept her coat firmly buttoned!)
While this shot is not brand new to me, I was pleased to see a more unusual picture of Marilyn featured in a newspaper. After a quick search for ‘dennis stock marilyn monroe’ on the Magnum Photos website, I found some other interesting additions (though sadly watermarked.)
“That we know the story, know what happens after the picture finished, know the heartache, sweat and sheer guts it took to bring the picture to fruition only adds to the book’s greatness. Like I say, whatever your thoughts on the movie, the story of the movie had all the makings of a legend. ‘The Misfits: Story of a Shoot’ treats the legend as is fitting– with class, quality and respect. A truly beautiful publication, the book is one of my personal favorites and will be treasured by any who find it.”
David Marshall, author of ‘The DD Group’ and ‘Life Among the Cannibals’
“This photograph, shot in Reno, Nevada in 1960 has an incredible sense of place and of Monroe’s vulnerability. She and Arnold first worked together on a shoot for Esquire magazine in 1952 and, as Arnold says: ‘She trusted me, and the bond between us was photography … It’s rather a wonderful picture I think because of the desert sky, the desert itself … and Marilyn absolutely oblivious to the rest of us around her.’ Magnum had sent nine photographers to cover the making of The Misfits, surely the most ever, but it was Arnold’s work that really stood out. This was a looser, more intimate look than Hollywood had ever shown before in its publicity stills.”
“Marilyn Monroe, on the other hand, I was able to take pictures of in an intimate situation rather than a public one. This was in her hotel room in 1956*, when I was covering the film she was making at the time, Some Like It Hot.* She may have been reading a script when I took it. It was just me and her, and she was going about her business. I like the atmosphere, and the fact that it’s a famous person being photographed in an ordinary way. And I found her very sympathetic, I must say. She was nice, smart, kind of amusing, and very approachable. Not a bimbo at all.”
*Actually, Erwitt first photographed Marilyn in 1954, while she was filming The Seven Year Itch in Manhattan. They worked together again on The Misfits (1960.)
“Four of Elliott Erwitt’s most iconic images will be presented in the UK for the first time as editioned, large format platinum prints, in an exhibition of fine photographs spanning Erwitt’s distinguished career.”
September 15 – November 30, Magnum Print Room, London
Now open to the public for the first time at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin.
“One of the series of images that should be in constant demand is the photographic record of the filming of the 1961 John Huston film The Misfits, which stars Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. That photo set, which was displayed at Connecticut’s Bruce Museum in 2004, includes seductive images by a surprising group of nine of Magnum’s photographers — from Bruce Davidson to Cornell Capa — that offer beautiful traces of the film’s stars wrangling wild horses out in the desert.”