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Marilyn Monroe Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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About the Author
Eve Arnold first became associated with Magnum Photos in 1951, becoming a full member in 1955. She was based in America during the 1950s and went to England in 1962, where she has lived when not traveling for work. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers, the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award, and an honorary O.B.E. by the British Government. She was also made a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was elected "Master Photographer" by New York's International Center of Photography.
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The text of this book is the same tired old Monroe worship. You will read the same prose about Monroe's etheral angelic fragility, her profound effect on people, her inner and outer glow and tragic insecurities. You will read of what a student she was of the camera and of what a natural she was. Some real revelations. Why are people so afraid to admit that along with being the biggest, most elusive, enigmatic icon who ever lived, Monroe was a sociopath with hygiene problems. So what if she didn't like soap. So what if she was notorious for using people then shutting them out of her life. I mean, the girl wasn't perfect. It's imperfections that are the most interesting. You won't get any of that here.
There are however, some fresh photographs not published a million billion times like the Stern and Milton Greene pictures. But, Arnold thinks so much of her narratives that she doesn't have the courtesy to caption the photographs. Instead of a caption with the photographs, you get a flowery, wordy, overwrought, analysis of the circumstances surrounding the photographs prior to each section.
For the two dozen or so, fresh photos I would definitely recommend this book. There are some beautiful pictures, many in color. Aside from that, it is just another book written by a Monroe hanger on who used her for self promotion.