Vintage Pose

Andre de Dienes will always be remembered as one of the first photographers to photograph Marilyn Monroe but he was more than that. Dienes also photographed such notable actors as Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ingrid Bergman, Ronald Reagan, Jane Russell, Anita Ekberg and Fred Astaire.

The Dress

I haven’t seen this photograph of Marilyn Monroe before, so I don’t know who the photographer was.
Is she wearing that dress? Is that the dress she wore on May 19, 1962, when she sang “Happy Birthday” on stage at President John F. Kennedy‘s birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York. The dress was beige and skin tight covered in rhinestones, which made her appear nude. There are better photographs of the dress available.

Vintage Pin-Up

Greta Thyssen in Los Angeles in 1956.
Greta was a Danish film actress and former model, long-resident in the United States and was Marylin Monroe’s double in Bus Stop.
She acted in TV shows (Dragnet, Perry Mason & others) but is probably best remembered for her appearances in Three Stooges films. She died this year, aged 90.

Latex Marilyn

Bianca Beauchamp as a latex M.M.

Sensual Wind

Photo by Andre de Dienes. He was noted for his work with Marilyn Monroe and his nude photography.
”De Dienes took many of the Monroe’s most famous early photographs as ‘Norma Jeane,”‘ including those of her climbing a hillside in khakis and green sweater, and sitting on the highway, as well as the shots on Tobay Beach in August 1949. … Those pictures of Marilyn in a bathing suit recall the art picture, but they also subvert the pinup, in being far more active, playful, even romping, than the usually static pinup girl.” (Sarah Churchwell)

Ambassador Hotel

Marilyn Monroe in the gardens of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles,, 1946. Photograph by Larry Kronquist .

Tiny Feet

A rare shot of Marilyn Monroe sitting with her feet up.
Photographed in New York by Sam Shaw.
Apparently, she had tiny feet but I can’t tell from this.

Vintage Nudes

Andre de Dienes.

Photographer remembers Marilyn Monroe

Thursday: Andre de Dienes

Andre de Dienes.

In recent years, Andre de Dienes’ photography has received overdue critical attention from a variety of sources.

In 2002, Taschen published an 848-page two-volume monograph titled Marilyn, noting “his original, inspired style” and how de Dienes “soon built up a huge portfolio of stunning photographs of the smiling brunette which helped to launch her model career and, a few years later, a film career that was to make her a legend.”

A new exhibition, entitled “André de Dienes: Marilyn and California Girls,” opened June 9, 2016 at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, representing the first solo show of photographer Andre de Dienes in New York in over ten years. (Read more)