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This photograph, never before published, is taken from the original transparency of Marilyn Monroe from the ‘Tree’ sitting in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles for an article on Hollywood Stars in Look Magazineby Milton H Greene, and is a result of their first work together.
Color 2.25 x 2.25 in. camera transparency on Ektachrome film, from the estate of Milton H Greene; numbered TR-23, dated 2 September 1953
Printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl
Copyright © 2013 Nigel Lambert
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When first introduced, Marilyn, having a grand vision of this ‘famous photographer’, was surprised when ‘Color Photography’s Wonder Boy’ appeared. She said “Why you’re just a boy?” to which Milton replied with a smile “And you’re just a girl.” It was at that moment their special bond and endearing friendship was born and ultimately formed their own film production company Marilyn Monroe Productions which produced Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl.
For over four decades, Milton H. Greene made his mark as one of the most celebrated photographers in the world.
Born in New York in 1922, Milton Greene began taking pictures at the early age of 14. Although he was the recipient of a scholarship to the renowned Pratt Institute, a heightened awareness of the photographic image diverted his attention to the camera and its versatility. He soon apprenticed himself to the famous photojournalist and wizard of composition, Elliot Elisofen. Before long, his keen regard for fashion and the camera found him assisting Louise Dahl-Wolfe, the distinguished fashion photographer known for her unique covers and fashion pages for Harper’s Bazaar. At the age of twenty-three, Milton was referred to as “Color Photography’s Wonder Boy.”
The majority of Milton's work in the Fifties and Sixties appeared in major national publications including Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and Vogue. In fact, Milton Greene, along with other eminent photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, and Norman Parkinson, is credited for bringing fashion photography into the realm of fine art.
Milton first encountered Marilyn Monroe on assignment for Look Magazine, in 1953. They quickly became close friends, and in 1956 formed their own company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, which produced Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl. Their relationship blossomed from an instant connection shared at their first encounter to an endearing and lasting friendship, garnered by the trust they shared in one another.
Later in 1994 his eldest son, Joshua started the Milton H. Greene Archives, Inc., a company dedicated to marketing the works of his father. Joshua digitally re-mastered the first group of 300 images and released them in Milton's Marilyn, an autobiographical book telling the intimate story of Milton and Marilyn’s relationship, partnership and friendship.
In recent years, Milton Greene's photographs and prints have been exhibited in major galleries and museums around the world, as well as represented in a multitude of private collections. Milton H. Greene's work will continue to be regarded as representative of an era in time, which may be gone, but will always be reflected in pictures.