Wednesday, October 5, 2016

George Barris, and Marilyn Monroe


Photographer George Barris, best known for his images of Marilyn Monroe, died last week, at 94.

Here is an obituary, from The New York Times.

The picture above, which appears in the Times story, was the last picture taken by Mr. Barris of Ms. Monroe, during her last photo session, in July of 1962; she died the next month.

It is a beautiful picture, one of my favorites of Monroe, as is another taken in 1962 by Barris, which appeared, notably, on the cover of a 1980s book--Marilyn: Norma Jeane--featuring text by Gloria Steinem, and Barris's photographs. The image, to the left, is of the book's paperback edition (Signet/New American Library), from 1988.

(Top image photo credit:; photo licensed by IHL/InHollywoodland; image from cover of Marilyn: Norma Jeane, copyright George Barris, 1986)