Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Essential Marilyn Monroe by Milton H. Greene: Milton H. Greene: 50 Sessions Hardcover – October 16, 2017 by Joshua Greene ( Antique Collectors Club / Acc Art Books)

Celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene ((1922-1985) is still considered on of the most brilliant photographers of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Audrey Hepburn, to Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Dizzy Gillespie and Judy Garland. And of course, the icon of beauty MARILYN MONROE. This book is a tribute not only to the extraordinary beauty of Marilyn Monroe created in fifty sessions from casual to formal, but it is likewise a tribute to the artistry of Milton Greene as presented in this luxurious collection created and artistically catalogued by Greene’s son Joshua Green who established the company ‘THE ARCHIVES’ which is committed to restoring and preserving important photography.

The photography is splendid, offering us both the glamorous Marilyn Monroe in radiant gowns, negligees, simple robes, in beds, on couches or wherever Milton felt the setting was appropriate to offer 250 brilliant color photographs that are each worthy of framing.

There are photographic monographs by countless photographers on many subjects, but this book has become the gold standard. Every detail of this book – from cover, to quality of paper, to color saturation, and sensitive brief descriptions at the beginning of each of the 50 sessions - represent the art of making a book once again appreciated.

Includes over 100 never-before-published images, this archive immortalizes Marilyn at the height of her beauty and fame

Over 250 photos, a large percentage of which previously unpublished

Photographs of Marilyn Monroe in various settings, from swimming pools to ballerina dresses, can finally be viewed as originally intended

Taken by Milton H. Greene and restored by Greene's son Joshua, these photos document not only Marilyn's ability to light-up on camera but also the effort Joshua dedicated to restoring his father's work

Milton H. Greene (1922-1985), famous for his fashion photography and celebrity portraits from the golden age of Hollywood, met Marilyn Monroe on a photo shoot for Look magazine in 1953. The pair developed an instant rapport, quickly becoming close friends and ultimately business partners. In 1954, after helping her get out of her studio contract with 20th Century Fox, they created Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc. Milton and Marilyn were much more then business partners, Marilyn became a part of the Greene family. By the time their relationship had ended in 1957, the pair had produced two feature films, in addition to more than 5,000 photographs of the iconic beauty. There was magic in Milton and Marilyn's working relationship. The trust and confidence they had in each other's capabilities was on full display in each photo.

Greene passed in 1985, thinking his life's work was succumbing to the ravages of time. His eldest son, Joshua, began a journey to meticulously restore his father's legacy. A photographer himself, Joshua spent years researching ways to restore his father's photographs as well as cataloging and promoting Milton's vast body of work all over the world. As a result, Joshua established "The Archives," a company committed to the restoration and preservation of photography. After spending nearly two decades restoring his father's archive, Joshua Greene and his company are widely regarded as one of the leaders in photographic restoration and have been at the forefront of the digital imaging and large-format printing revolution.

Now Joshua Greene, in conjunction with Iconic Images, presents The Essential Marilyn Monroe: Milton H. Greene, 50 Sessions. With over 250 photographs, including many never-before published and unseen images, newly scanned and restored classics, as well as images that have appeared only once in publication, Greene's Marilyn Monroe archive can finally be viewed as it was originally intended when these pictures were first produced more than 60 years ago. These classic sessions - 50 in all - cover Monroe at the height of her astonishing beauty and meteoric fame. From film-sets to the bedroom, at home and at play, Joshua has curated a lasting tribute to the work of a great photographer and his greatest muse.

Poignant and powerful, joyful and stunning - these breath-taking images of an icon stand above all the rest and The Essential Marilyn Monroe: Milton H. Greene, 50 Sessions will sure to be a book that will become the platinum standard in photography monographs.

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