Marilyn Monroe Metamorphosis

I love this book.  As some of you know I am a big fan of Marilyn photography books and that is the core of this book.

At a whopping 320 pages you get to see the progression from Norma Jeane to Marilyn with selections of some of the most beautiful photos ever taken of her.  You can tell the time was taken in order to get the quality of the photos to be the best possible.  The photos are full page, corner to corner and some cases spread across 2 pages.  As for the question collectors have been asking, no I wouldn't say the book is filled with unseen photos.  There are many that haven't been published in book form,  However, those of us who participate in Marilyn communities online have probably seen most of them.  That being said, I was impressed with a handful that I have never seen before at all.  Also, the choices that were made are impressive and not your typical overused shots.  The cover of the book is a perfect example.  Finally, someone got it right.  This is the best book cover I have ever seen and the only one I know of to use this shot.

The text of the book focuses on Marilyn's talent in front of the camera.  I particularly enjoyed the information provided about the restoration process of the Norma Jeane shots vs the later Marilyn photos and why the Norma Jeane quality has lasted longer of the years. The photos are accompanied by quotes about Marilyn. I think the layout and quote choices compliment the photos nicely.  

Overall, I think this is a must have photo book for collectors.  It will look gorgeous on your coffee tables whether you have seen most of the photos or not.  For new fans, this is the perfect, affordable choice to get you started with the various photographs Marilyn worked with over the years.  You won't be disappointed.  

You can purchase this book through the Amazon link below....



Author David Wills
Publisher It Books
Cover Type Hardcover
Dimensions 11.7 x 9.4 x 1.4 inches
Publish Date 2012
ISBN 978-0062036193
Number of Pages 320

Copyright Douglas Kirkland 1961.  Reproduced with persmission.


Some Like it Hot, 1959.  Photo by Richard C. Miller (reproduced with persmission of Margaret Miller)

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