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Product Details

  • Series: Calla Editions
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Calla Editions; Calla ed edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606600117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606600115
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl D. on October 3, 2010
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Just when you thought you've seen it all... here comes "Marilyn August 1953: The Lost Look Photos" by John Vachon. This is a fabulous book! It is perfect for the Marilyn fan or for any lover of photography.

In August of 1953 documentary photographer John Vachon was given an assignment by Look magazine. The assignment would take him away from his family vacation and to Canada for two weeks. John was asked to take photos of Marilyn Monroe (what a hard job) for Look magazine. Marilyn at the time was at the top of her success. She had just completed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and was engaged to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. She was in the Canadian Rockies to film, The River Of No Return.

Despite this John was not so sure he would find Marilyn an easy subject to photograph. Many movie stars of the time would be surrounded by their handlers making the photographer's job harder to do. Would he be able to capture a different side to Marilyn? The side that showed the "real Marilyn"?

I think you will find that the answer is yes! John took over 100 photos of Marilyn capturing her at her very best. The photos in this book are spectacular. They capture Marilyn in candid moments: snuggling with Joe Dimaggio and staged moments: Marilyn pouting in a two-piece bathing suit on crutches. These photos prove that Marilyn and the camera were best friends. She understood photography and how to take a great photo.

I have been a Marilyn fan/collector for over 20 years. I have only seen a few of the photos shown in this book. If you are looking for rare Marilyn "Marilyn August 1953: The Lost Look Photos" is it.

The book consists of only black & white photos- but, they are just lovely. The book is well made and a perfect coffee table size. The story behind the photographs is also very interesting and will give you a glimpse into Marilyn's life at the time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By makeupstar on November 11, 2010
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The book is just beautiful, and a must for any true Monroe collector. I've been collecting Marilyn memorabilia for over 25 years and am still amazed to find and see photographs of possibly the world's most photographed woman. The photos in this book are simply stunning, and I would recommend it to anyone that loves Marilyn or Hollywood in it's Golden years!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wellspring46 on March 26, 2011
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The passing of Elizabeth Taylor prompted me to check out new books on her and her contemporaries. This one about Marilyn Monroe, from a new publisher called Calla Editions, is different than the typical fanbooks of photos. It has an interesting back story (as I read from a well-executed introduction by Brian Wallis of the International Center of Photography in New York): Marilyn was shooting a movie in Canada (River of No Return) and was injured on location with a sprained ankle. While she was recovering, a LOOK magazine photographer got rare access to her over a number of days. His pictures give a rare look at Marilyn in a more relaxed and natural state than most of what we've seen before. Sure, she was always posing when a lens was pointed at her. But here she's playful and smiling without her trademark sexual guile. What a treat for Marilyn lovers! The photographer himself, John Vachon, is an interesting case, in that he remains known primarily as an FSA photographer; Marilyn might have been his only celebrity glamour shoot.

Well printed black-and-white photos in a landscape format.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By divifold on January 23, 2011
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When I saw this book at Barnes & Nobles I bought it because most of the picures in the book were never seen before. Marilyn is cute and at her most beautiful in these candid photos. The reason it only gets a three out of five is because the text was kind of boring. It really didn't say anything new about MM that we already knew. The biography of the photographer in the first half of the book is tedious, it could have been a little shorter. It is more of a coffee table book than anything else. BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, BORING READ
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Ellison on December 13, 2010
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Outstanding pictures and captions. I was very please with the entire context of this book. I've been collecting Marilyn Monroe items sense 1952 and this is certainly one of the better picture books.The total spectrum of presenting this book was done skillfully and accurately. Dennis Ellison
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Juanita R. Violini on February 13, 2011
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With the exception of ten or so photographs that are exceptional, the rest of them may as well have stayed lost. Most of the pics are groups of photos that were taken at the same time with only a slight change in Monroe's posture or expression. Take a look at this book in person before you spend your money on it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wikoli on November 5, 2010
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I bought this as a gift for my wife and her feedback is: "Great to able to see the photos as I am such a big fan, but found the text throughout the book very repetitive. Also liked the insight provided by the photographer in letters home to his wife."
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