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Marilyn: Intimate Exposures Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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I bought this book, not only to add to the collection, but for the sheer fact that there was a prospect of the book holding a handful of new images - and even at just a handful thats enough for me to want to own it!
I'm an admirer of Marilyn and find myself engaged by every photo shoot she ever did, so when I opened this book I was shocked to find that within its 200+ pages were MORE than JUST A HANDFUL of new images. In fact, I found that just about every image in this book I had not seen in any of my previous Marilyn book purchases! Some of the photos will be familiar but you may never have seen them published before and some of them you will know simply because of their iconic status (the photo in the white dress!), but this book is made up of mainly photos that you've never seen before - and even if you've seen a photo from a particular photoshoot, there's more photos from that shoot that you've never seen!
In the end this book turns into not a book containing a handful of new Marilyn images, but a treasure trove of new photos with a handful of old images. Bruno Bernard and his estate must hold such a tight grasp on these images that its very very rare to see them slip out of their hands and into the pages of another Marilyn book. For this reason, it makes this book something very special indeed, offering new pictures and new insights into Marilyn that one could not believe would be possible 60 years after her death.
This is a MUST have for any old or new Marilyn fan or book collector, it's one of the best I've ever gotten my hands on. You will not be disapointed!!
Marilyn was working for a modeling agency for over a year before she sat for Bruno the 1st time. He definetly didn't "discover" her. That would be army photographer David Conover.
Some of the text is interesting, although not sure how reliable. The author also claims Marilyn had a baby at 13 (!!!!), which is complete fiction.
So, my final verdict is thumbs up for some of the photos and text, thumbs down for reproducing a lot of the same material and overblown statements.
Certainly impressive for a newer Marilyn fan. Less so for the Pro.
The book includes images of Marilyn Monroe form her beginnings in 1946 through her marriages and on to the peak of her stardom. But not only does Sarah Bernard included all of the images from her fathers collection of well known photographs of Marilyn the star, but also many never before published photographs of the actress and glamour diva in her quieter, more pensive moments, that part of her vulnerable life that simply adds to the growth of her stature as a legend. There are notes from Bernard's journal that have not been public before and these notes prove that not only was Bruno Bernard one of Hollywood's most iconic photographers but also a memoirist worthy of reading.
There are many books about Marilyn Monroe being published this year of the anniversary of her death, but few are as touching as this lush monograph. Grady Harp, August 12