The Real Marilyn Monroe?
August 29, 2012
Candid, private photographs of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe, portraits of the star and rare photos from movie shoots and parties are on display in an exhibition entitled The Hollywood of Marilyn Monroe at Warsaw’s ZPAF Old Gallery. All the featured photographs were taken by Monroe’s friend and photographer Milton H. Greene.
Greene (1922-1985) was an American celebrity photographer who worked for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Life, Look, Town & Country and Vogue. According to exhibition curator Anna Wolska, Greene was a man of his time, the late 1950s and early 1960s in America. “He was one of very few photographers who managed to see through Marilyn’s many masks, poses and gestures and show who she really was inside—a terribly lonely, sensitive and, to some extent, sad woman,” Wolska said.
Other famous figures in Greene’s photographs include Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Lisa Minelli, Marlene Dietrich, Paul Newman, Alfred Hitchcock and Marlon Brando. One of the photographs in the exhibition shows Brando and Monroe posing with an invitation to the premiere of The Rose Tattoo drama from 1955, directed by Daniel Mann and starring Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani.
Some photographs, like the one with Brando, were posed and intended to portray Monroe as a sex symbol. According to Wolska, however, perhaps the most valuable pictures in the exhibition are the star’s private photographs, “such as the one which shows the actress as if caught out in her own bedroom, her own bed.”
until Sept. 7
ZPAF Old Gallery, 8 Zamkowy Sq., www.zpaf.waw.pl
Open Mon.-Fri. noon-6 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 2 p.m.-6 p.m.. Free admission