An initially unwanted picture proves to be famous
June 1962, Bel Air Hotel, Los Angeles. After three days of shooting and 2,571 photographs taken (375 in color), Bert Stern finalize one of the most important shooting of his professional career, the subject: Marilyn Monroe.Â
The pictures especially made for Vogue, six weeks before her tragic death,Â are showing a mature Marilyn that no one had ever seen before, the most erotic and liveliest photographs of the star ever.Â Anyway, Vogue has published no more than 20 images.
After the shooting, Marilyn rejected herself some of the pictures from the series. To be sure that no one will publish the rejected images, she marked the framesÂ with a red pen, directly on the film. Â When she died, Bert Stern published the rejected picturesÂ showing the red marks. The complete set of 2,571 photosÂ is published in “The Complete Last Sitting” book by Bert Stern.
The rejected pictures will become very famous, not only because these are specials but because MarilynÂ painted a red cross over them, six weeks before she died. (death, red cross, six weeks before, rejected images, anticipating of death… are enough information for creating controversy, of course).Â
About the Author: Bert SternÂ wasÂ born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929. In 1954 he opened his first studio in New York. He is famous for his portraits of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Gary Cooper, Louis Armstrong, Catherine Deneuve, and Marilyn Monroe. He was almost like a personal photographer for Marilyn.