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....