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.