Marilyn Monroe, Somethings Got to Give 1962.

Marilyn Monroe, Somethings Got to Give 1962.

The Misfits (1961): Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Arthur Miller, John Huston and Frank Taylor photographed by Elliott Erwitt

The only series of photographs ‘directed’ by the Magnum photographers is the one in which Ernst Haas, Bruce Davidson and Elliott Erwitt try, one by one, with visible difficulty, to get all the actors to pose together, around Miller, Huston and Frank Taylor. Taylor wanted this group photograph, no doubt for publicity purposes, even if it was just in order to preserve an “official” image of the film: “I was endlessly concerned about getting a group shot, but every time I suggested it everyone threw up their hands in horror - the thought of trying to assemble everyone seemed impossible.” In the photos taken by Ernst Haas, Huston and Gable are sitting on the rungs of ladders, while Marilyn turns her back just at that moment. The others are absent or off camera. One or more of the main players are missing from several of the photos in the series. But when they are all finally together, Marilyn poses in an overly obvious way (this is clearly not the kind of photo she likes or to which she gives her best), and others move or seem uninterested. in the lens, so that it is impossible to get a “good” group photograph.

However, Elliott Erwitt developed a stratagem. Three days previously, he had arranged a simple set - two ladders, a stool, a crate and some parachute silk - in a courtyard adjoining the Dayton Saloon. “He crated enormous curiosity about it, ” describes Frank Taylor, but “refused to tell anyone what it was about. He picked a day when everything seemed to be going smoothly - he asked us all to convene - it was probably a lunch break or when we were waiting for the sun to appear from behind a cloud - he just gathered us under the silk - Marilyn and Monty were intrigued and played around and joked - it was fun and spontaneous and suddenly it was done.” But if you look at it carefully, this group photograph looks artificial, even sinister; each person is posing for him- or herself, clearly alone, indifferent to the others. [X]


Marilyn Monroe signs autographs for fans at the Golden Globe awards, 1960

Marilyn Monroe signs autographs for fans at the Golden Globe awards, 1960

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Marilyn Monroe as ‘The Girl’ in Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch, c. 1955

Marilyn by Bert Stern, 1962


Marilyn Monroe c. 1950s

Marilyn Monroe c. 1950s