When Milton Greene and Marilyn Monroe met on a photo shoot for Look magazine in 1953, they developed an instant rapport, quickly becoming close friends. Working to get Monroe out of her studio contract with 20th Century Fox the following year, together they created Marilyn Monroe Productions Inc., producing two feature films, and taking over 5,000 photographs. Greene died just a few years later, passing with the assumption that his work would succumb to the ravages of time. This might have been this case had his son, Joshua, not embarked on the laborious journey to meticulously store his father’s legacy, spending years researching ways to document his photographs. The result is The Essential: Marilyn Monroe, which covers Monroe at the height of her meteoric fame through 250 images. Scroll down to see a selection of shots from the book and, if your interest is piqued, they will be on show from October 23 at London’s Ransom Gallery.
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Credits: Photographed by Milton H. Greene ©2017 Joshua Greene