There have been many Marilyn Monroe photo books—but nothing like this.
Curator and photographic preservationist David Wills has amassed one of the world’s largest independent archives of original Marilyn Monroe photographs. Now, in Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, he has gathered spectacular, museum-quality work from Marilyn’s key photographers—Richard Avedon, George Barris, Cecil Beaton, Bernard of Hollywood, Andre de Dienes, Elliott Erwitt, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Tom Kelley, Douglas Kirkland, Willy Rizzo, Sam Shaw, and many others—to create this dazzling portfolio of images from every period of Marilyn Monroe’s adult life, from her wedding day in 1942 till just weeks before her death two decades later. Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis pays homage to her continually evolving style and extraordinary beauty.
Among the highlights:
Pairing more than two hundred first-generation photos with reflections on Marilyn from her friends, work associates, and admirers—and including her last interview, in which she reflects on her life and fame—Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis is an unforgettable showcase of the actress’s transformation from an unknown factory worker to one of the most recognized faces in history.
Australian-born David Wills is an author, independent curator, photographic preservationist, and editor who has accrued one of the world's largest independent archives of original photographs, negatives, and transparencies. He has contributed material to many publications and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Wills has produced a series of photography exhibitions based on images from his archive. His shows include Murder, Models, Madness: Photographs from the Motion Picture Blow-Up; Edie Sedgwick: Unseen Photographs of a Warhol Superstar; Blonde Bombshell; James Bond; Women with Issues: Photographs from the Motion Picture Valley of the Dolls; and Warhology.
In 2002 Wills photo-edited Bernard of Hollywood's Ultimate Pin-up Book, in 2008 he coauthored Veruschka, in 2010 he authored Ara Gallant featuring an introduction by Angelica Huston, in 2011 he wrote Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, and in 2012 he authored Audrey: The 60s.
His books and exhibitions have received major profiles in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, American Photo, Vogue, and Time. He has also written articles on photography and popular culture for publications including the Huffington Post, V Magazine, and Palm Springs Life.
This book is a rare "must have" for every Marilyn Monroe fan and collector.
This should be in everyones collection, stunning glossy cover and rare beautiful photos inside, a great book for all Marilyn collectors!
Book is great for anyone who loves her, and also for someone interested in her, not knowing too much - great way to get started.
A spectacular, stunning coffee table book that you will treasure for its glorious photography of one of the world's most beautiful women. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hemmingway
I bought this as a gift. It is a thick and hardcover book that can be used as a coffee table book. I gifted it to a Marilyn and she absolutely loved it. Great photos. Great gift.Published 8 months ago by G. Wittmann
Lots of old photos. I bought this book for for my future husband. He loves it!! If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan you won't be disappointed.Published 8 months ago by Rhonda K. Wicks
This, as described "Coffee Table" book was smashed on the front top corner. This was packaged so poorly with a too small piece of cardboard wrapped around it then wrapped... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Barbara Radziewicz
I gave this and another Marilyn Monroe book to my best friend for Christmas. We spent a very long time in her office browsing through both and were amazed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by MReynolds2011
This book proves beyond any doubt that Marilyn is the apogee. Nobody else even approaches her lustrous brilliance. Nobody. There will never be another star like her. Never.Published 10 months ago by Donald R McGovern
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my wife, but i must admit i had an interest in it also. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cy B. Vane