A original vintage black and white photograph of Marilyn Monroe by famed photographic artist, Phillipe Halsman, which features his stamps and handwritten notations on verso. The image, shot for Marilyn's first ever Life Magazine cover in April, 1952, is both iconic and timeless.
This beautiful print was a gift from Philippe Halsman to noted producer, director, screenwriter and author, Lawrence Schiller, and was a part of Schiller's private collection for a number of years. A true multi-hyphenate, Schiller also worked as a photojournalist for Life, Paris Match, Time, Newsweek, Stern and The Sunday Times. He first shot Marilyn on the set of "Let's Make Love' in May, 1960, and then again in 1962 on her final, and sadly unfinished, film, "Something's Got To Give". Schiller's book, "Marilyn & Me", celebrates his photographic adventures with Marilyn and features 131 colour and black & white photos.
Philippe Halsman first studied electrical engineering in Dresden, Germany, before moving to Paris at the age of 25. There he studied at the Sorbonne and devoted his life to the photographic arts. He became famous as a portrait and fashion photographer and was one of the lead photographers for Life Magazine for several decades. In 1945, he was elected President of the American Society of Magazine Photographers by his peers. His smile-inducing ‘Jump’ series featuring celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Richard Nixon and Salvador Dali received international recognition.