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Marilyn Monroe: Rare photos by Magnum's Eve Arnold
Marilyn Monroe and Eve Arnold (right). A thoughtful moment, The Misfits, 1960. ŠEve Arnold/Magnum Photos
A thoughtful moment, The Misfits, 1960. Copyright Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

A gallery in Cambridge is hosting a touring exhibition of famous Marilyn Monroe prints taken by Magnum photographer, Eve Arnold.

The collection goes on show this summer at Castle Galleries in the Grand Arcade from 14 August.

The photos are the result of a 10-year working relationship between the photo-journalist and Monroe.

The giclée prints are of photos taken when Marilyn Monroe was at the peak of her fame in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Detail of Getting Ready. Copyright: Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

Giclée is the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing.

The limited-edition prints on show will be available to buy.

Unguarded Marilyn

The new photographic art collection, entitled Marilyn, features eight images, including six pictures capturing Monroe's unguarded moments during the filming of The Misfits in 1960.

Eve Arnold and Marilyn Monroe first worked together on a 1952 shoot for Esquire magazine.

"She trusted me," Eve Arnold said.

"The bond between us was photography.

"She liked my pictures and was canny enough to realise that they were a fresh approach for presenting her; a looser, more intimate look than the posed studio portraits she was used to in Hollywood."

The Misfits was Monroe's last film.

Within 18 months of its completion, she had died from an alleged drug overdose.

However, because of films like The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot, she had already established a lasting reputation as a film star with great sex appeal.

Leading photographer

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as the top photographer in the world, Eve Arnold's career spanned much of the 20th Century.

Eve Arnold photographing Marilyn Monroe. Copyright Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos
Eve Arnold photographing Marilyn Monroe. ŠEve Arnold/Magnum Photos

In 1954 she was invited to join Magnum Photos, the prestigious international co-operative of photographers, as their first female member.

In spring 2010, Eve Arnold was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sony World Photography Awards, just one day after her 98th birthday.

More information

You can hear more about the Marilyn Monroe exhibition in Cambridge by listening to Sue Dougan on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on 96FM, 95.7FM, DAB and online.

Sue will be talking to gallery manager, James Walker, on her show on Thursday 19 August after 3pm.

For details of the exhibition see the Castle Galleries website .




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