Marilyn Monroe by Alfred Eisenstaedt
Actress Marilyn Monroe at Home
Alfred Eisenstaedt, born in Germany in 1898, is often referred to as the “father of photojournalism” because of his groundbreaking candid photography and use of natural light.
Eisenstaedt’s motto of “keep it simple” shows clearly in his unforgettable series of photographs of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
After emigrating to America in 1935, Eisenstaedt’ began working for Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and Town and Country, and then from 1936 on, for Life magazine.
He shot over 90 cover pictures and undertook over 2,500 assignments for Life and it was chiefly Eisenstaedt’s photographs of people that earned him a place in photographic history.
Eisenstaedt’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe, taken in 1953, show the screen legend in a new way, very different from the sex symbol stereotype, yet emphasising her striking, luminescent beauty.
According to the photographer, when he photographed Marilyn he used two cameras, shooting in both color and black and white. “I took many pictures. Only two color ones came out all right. My favorite picture of Marilyn hangs always on the wall in my office. It was taken on the little patio of her Hollywood house”.
Portrait of Actress Marilyn Monroe on Patio of Her Home
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