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Schiller, Lawrence (1936)

Although he made numerous photographs of the 1960s’ major personalities, should they be underground icons, Hollywood stars, politicians and rising idols such as the Jackson Five, Lawrence Schiller established his aura on a legendary encounter with Marilyn Monroe. In 1962, the American photographer was sent by the French magazine, Paris Match on the set of Something’s Got to Give when suddenly the actress declared: ‘I’m thinking about jumping in a swimming pool with my bathing suit on but coming out with nothing on. If I do that and you publish these pictures all over the world, and I approve them, I don’t want to see Elizabeth Taylor in the magazine the same week I am. I’m only getting $100,000 from this picture, Elizabeth Taylor’s getting a million dollars and I’m just as good an actress as she is.’ Stunned by the images he was enable to capture, Lawrence Schiller boasted to Marilyn Monroe: ‘You’re already famous, now you’re going to make me famous’. Despite the sensuality and playful attitude the actress adopted within the nude portraits, something terribly vulnerable comes out from them: they reveal how desperate she was in the months leading up to her death, desperate to the point of doing anything to gain publicity. At the time, when the photographer’s 10-year-old daughter had seen the images, she had said: ‘It says everything but shows nothing’. Even a child had identified the tragic despair beyond the seductive mise-en-scène.
 

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Lawrence Schiller,  Julie Newmar in Lil Abner, 1959
Lawrence Schiller, Julie Newmar in Lil Abner, 1959
Lawrence Schiller, Pat and Richard Nixon, conceding the presdential election, November, 1960
Lawrence Schiller, Pat and Richard Nixon, conceding the presdential election, November, 1960
Lawrence Schiller, Buster Keaton, MGM back lot, 1965
Lawrence Schiller, Buster Keaton, MGM back lot, 1965
Lawrence Schiller, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti at the Academy Awards dinner, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti at the Academy Awards dinner, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Clint Eastwood, Durango, Mexico, 1969
Lawrence Schiller, Clint Eastwood, Durango, Mexico, 1969
Lawrence Schiller, LSD, Coming down, Los Angeles, 1966
Lawrence Schiller, LSD, Coming down, Los Angeles, 1966
Lawrence Schiller, Gary Gilmore, the last night, Draper, Utah, 1977
Lawrence Schiller, Gary Gilmore, the last night, Draper, Utah, 1977
Lawrence Schiller, Joe DiMaggio and Joe, Jr. at Marilyn Monroe funeral, August 8, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Joe DiMaggio and Joe, Jr. at Marilyn Monroe funeral, August 8, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Lee Harvey Oswald, Dallas, November 22, 1963
Lawrence Schiller, Lee Harvey Oswald, Dallas, November 22, 1963
Lawrence Schiller, Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock, Los Angeles, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock, Los Angeles, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Elliott Gould and friends, 1970
Lawrence Schiller, Elliott Gould and friends, 1970
Lawrence Schiller, Robert Kennedy last campaign, 1968
Lawrence Schiller, Robert Kennedy last campaign, 1968
Lawrence Schiller, Mad Men at the Bar, 1958
Lawrence Schiller, Mad Men at the Bar, 1958
Lawrence Schiller, Palm Springs, California, 1963
Lawrence Schiller, Palm Springs, California, 1963
Lawrence Schiller, Bette Davis, Bel Air, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Bette Davis, Bel Air, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Clint Eastwood, Durango, Mexico, 1969
Lawrence Schiller, Clint Eastwood, Durango, Mexico, 1969
Lawrence Schiller, The Olympic trails, Oregon, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, The Olympic trails, Oregon, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Muhammad Ali defeating Floyd Patterson, Las Vegas, November 1965
Lawrence Schiller, Muhammad Ali defeating Floyd Patterson, Las Vegas, November 1965
Lawrence Schiller, Paula Kelly for Playboy magazine, New York City, August, 1969
Lawrence Schiller, Paula Kelly for Playboy magazine, New York City, August, 1969
Lawrence Schiller, Tuesday Weld, Los Angeles, 1963
Lawrence Schiller, Tuesday Weld, Los Angeles, 1963
Lawrence Schiller, The closing of Alcatraz, 1963
Lawrence Schiller, The closing of Alcatraz, 1963
Lawrence Schiller, The anonymous committee, Seattle, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, The anonymous committee, Seattle, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Barbra Streisand, London, 1968
Lawrence Schiller, Barbra Streisand, London, 1968
Lawrence Schiller, The Jackson Five, Malibu, 1959
Lawrence Schiller, The Jackson Five, Malibu, 1959
Lawrence Schiller, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1965
Lawrence Schiller, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1965
Lawrence Schiller, Joanna Woodward and Paul Newman, Los Angeles, 1967
Lawrence Schiller, Joanna Woodward and Paul Newman, Los Angeles, 1967
Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn Monroe, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn Monroe, 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn on the set of Something's Got to Give, Page 33 (Roll 7, Frame 33), 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn on the set of Something's Got to Give, Page 33 (Roll 7, Frame 33), 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn on the set of Something's Got to Give, Page 33 (Roll 7, Frame 33), 1962
Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn on the set of Something's Got to Give, Page 33 (Roll 7, Frame 33), 1962
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