In focus Gallery is curating a double exhibition at Castle Kolvenburg - Billerbeck in the community Coesfeld.
Marilyn Monroe in the view of famous photographers and Abe Frajndlich - Masters of Light.
Marilyn Monroe was larger than life itself, and in a film career that lasted a mere twelve years, left an indelible mark that is clearly still with us, and will assuredly be for a long time to come. In this extensive photo exhibition at the Museum Kolvenburg Billerbeck, there are superb images that span the beginning of her career, when she was still the ingenue Norma Jean Baker right until the untimely end of her short life. Her incredible luminosity shines through in the photos by Andre de Dienes who was working with the 19 year old in 1945, and continues right on up to the photos by Bert Stern done in the “last session” in 1962. Among the other photographers represented in this show are, Eve Arnold, Elliott Erwitt, Sam Shaw, George Barris, Edward Clark, and Bruno Bernard.
This telegenic Hollywood icon could take no bad pictures, and from the evidence of her control of her image with the X’s in the photos by Stern, and the destruction of negatives made by Bruce Davidson during the shooting of The Misfits, which she did not want out in the world, using a paper punch to destroy negatives that were not up to her standards of herself, we see someone who was not only a superb actress, but who understood early the power of the photograph to propagate what would become a globally iconic image in an age of the photograph.
I use here a quote from the young Marilyn that tells us a great deal about her,
I used to think as I looked at
the Hollywood night, “There must be
thousands of girls sitting alone like me,
dreaming of becoming a movie star.
But I’m not going to worry about them.
I’m dreaming the hardest.”