Milton Greene, the photographer of Marilyn Monroe's most iconic shots, on display in Senigallia

Palazzetto Baviera in Senigallia dedicates an exhibition to the famous photographer Milton H. Greene, who took the most iconic shots of Marilyn Monroe.

Palazzetto Baviera in Senigallia is hosting Milton H. Greene’s photographic exhibition Women on the occasion of the 21st Summer Jamboree, an international festival of music and culture of 1940s and 1950s America. The exhibition will be on view from June 17 to September 26, 2021, and is part of the Senigallia City of Photography schedule. It will feature numerous photographs, including shots of Marilyn Monroe, original Polaroids, specimens and documents chronicling the work of one of the world’s most celebrated photographers.

Curated by Anne Morin and produced by diChroma photography, the exhibition features a wide range of photos, including precious shots of Marilyn Monroe and other celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Geraldine Chaplin, Kim Novak, Shirley MacLaine, Lucía Bosé, and Susan Sarandon, as well as actors such as Cary Grant and Sir Lawrence Olivier. Also on view will be original polaroids, auditions and documents that tell from the inside the working process followed by Milton Greene. In these materials, the ’artist in fact reveals the very particular way in which he places the subject inside the lens of his Rolleiflex, moving closer, changing the distance between them, playing with light and space to give visibility to the real subject of the image. Thus we discover the way Milton Greene constructs a specific language and rhetoric, using his own vocabulary and his constant adjustments to achieve the perfect balance of his shots.

Born in New York in 1922, Milton Greene began photographing at the age of 14, and by the time he was 23, he had already been dubbed the Wonder Boy of color photography. In the 1950s and 1960s major national magazines published his shots, from Life to Harper’s Bazaar, from Look to Vogue. He devoted himself to fashion photography, and his portraits of artists, musicians, and television and theater celebrities are very famous. He met Marilyn in 1953 on an assignment given to him by Look Magazine. Greene and Monroe became close friends and in 1956 formed their company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, which produced Bus Stop and The Prince and the Showgirl. Before marrying Arthur Miller in 1956, Greene photographed Marilyn in many sessions, taking some of her most iconic images.

Marilyn also entrusted Greene with her autobiography, My Story.

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Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, holidays and pre-holidays from 5 to 11 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Image: Look Magazine, Nov. 17, 1953 © Milton H. Greene / Elizabeth Margot Collection

Milton Greene, the photographer of Marilyn Monroe's most iconic shots, on display in Senigallia
Milton Greene, the photographer of Marilyn Monroe's most iconic shots, on display in Senigallia

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