Marilyn Monroe by George Barris. Barris photographed many stars of the 1950s and 1960s but is best known for his work with his good friend Marilyn Monroe, with whom he was collaborating on a book at the time of her death. George Barris did in fact take the last photograph of Marilyn Monroe on July 18, 1962. It is often mistakenly believed that photographer Allan Grant was the last to photograph Monroe but it was George Barris.