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Object of the week - Marilyn Monroe immortalized by Bert Stern

Bert Stern Marilyn crucifix II 2012 - Hand signed silver print

On the occasion of Salon Paris Photo, we celebrate the modern icons captured by the famous photographer Bert Stern.
The famous "Marilyn crucifix II" photograph is part of the "The Last Sitting" shooting produced by Bert Stern in 1962 a few weeks before the death of Marilyn Monroe. This shoot had been produced for Vogue and the actress had selected about fifty shots.The pictures marked with an imposing cross were the ones she did not want to see in the press. The 2500 photographs taken on the day of the shooting would finally be published by Bert Stern in 1982 in the book "The Last Sitting."


Bert Stern (1929-2013) was a self-taught New York fashion photographer specializing in celebrity portraits. He also directed the documentary film "Jazz on a Summer's Day", and is a photographer on Stanley Kubrick's Lolita set. During his career, he photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elyzabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Madonna, Kate Moss, but especially Marilyn Monroe, with whom he shot his series "The Last Sitting" for Vogue magazine in 1962. This shooting remains engraved in the memories, because it takes place only a few weeks before Marilyn's (mysterious) death.

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