April 17, 2012

Marilyn Monroe's new pictures published in a book

She's an icon whose photograph was taken thousands of times, which is why previously unpublished shots of Marilyn Monroe are still making it into the public domain some 50 years after her death.

These newly-released shots feature in a new book, Marilyn By Magnum, that has been published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the film icon's tragic death.

Shot in her apartment in 1952, the personal frames were taken by renowned photographer Philippe Halsman. Also prominent is the late actress' natural beauty and her famous blonde curls and curvy figure.

As she stares into the camera in one of the shots she gives off an air of vulnerability.

While in another she sits on the floor, staring wistfully into the distance.

The photoshoot took place in 1952, the same year she filmed Niagara with Joseph Cotten and picked up the lead role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - she was 26 at the time, a full ten years before her death.

The new book collates many of the pictures that were taken by members of the Magnum photographic cooperative, the world famous agency formed by four photographers - Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour in 1947.

Other contributors to the book (which contains 80 photos in total) include Elliott Erwitt, Eve Arnold, Inge Morath, Philippe Halsman, Bruce Davidson, Dennis Stock, Bob Henriques and Erich Hartmann.

Marilyn by Magnum, published by Prestel, is out now, priced at £19.99