Up Close & Personal With Marilyn
Where, When & Why
Proud Central, London // May 2018 // Up Close With Marilyn Monroe: Portraits by Milton H. Greene
Marilyn Monroe has had a presence in my life from a very young age. Not only did the movies she starred in line the video shelf (yes, video), but a mirror hanging on the wall of the staircase up to my bedroom (I commandeered the converted attic, that room was the bomb & had a gothic-Scandi vibe. Something which has stayed with me in one way or another into adulthood and buying my own home. I digress...). The mirror. The large vintage mirror took up a big chunk of the wall, it distorted any reflection with the most beautiful image of Marilyn Monroe, her iconic image still striking even though the made up of graphite coloured dots. Everyday my teen-angst & awkwardness was reflected back at me & I remember loving having such an icon to literally look up to.
When Proud Galleries invited me to the launch of their current exhibition 'Up Close With Marilyn Monroe: Portraits by Milton H. Greene' I leapt at the chance to attend. Once again, Proud Galleries have outdone themselves on curating a stellar collection of rare images depicting the many different facets of one of the most iconic stars of the 20th Century as captured by legend Milton H. Greene.
After meeting in 1953 with Greene shooting the actress for Look Magazine, their relationship spanned shoots in over 50 different settings resulting in an archive of over 3000 images. A closeness that lead them to establish the company ‘Marilyn Monroe Productions’, the advent of which gave Marilyn control and ownership of her career.
The collection on show at Proud Central encapsulates Monroe's vulnerability, glamour, charisma & charm; the many faces of a true star, iconic, & enigma.