Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Making Miss Monroe

A photography book about Marilyn Monroe and photographer Andre de Dienes, given to me by my sister when I was about 14 or 15, is what inspired my life-long affection for Ms Monroe.
Marilyn, Mon Amour: The private album of Andre de Dienes was filled with scores of Dienes's black-and-white images, such as the one below, all before Marilyn was Marilyn. 
The Austrian photographer captured stunning images of a young Norma Jean in the late 1940s and early 1950s, right on the cusp of her imminent infamy.
What an incredible time.
It's a beautiful book and his photos are lovely.

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