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Fabled Enchantresses

Richard Avedon, [Marilyn Monroe impersonating Theda Bara], 1958 (1245.2005) This photograph is part of a series titled Fabled Enchantresses by Richard Avedon and Marilyn Monroe. It was shot for the Christmas issue of Life magazine in 1958. In this picture, … Continue reading

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The Art of Spontaneity

For sixty years, documentary photographer George S. Zimbel (b. 1929) has been fascinated with capturing spontaneous moments. “Unique among the visual arts,” he writes, “is the ability of  a photographer to incorporate spontaneous action into a  still work.” His favorite … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Richard, Abraham, and Jasper!

Richard Avedon, [Marilyn Monroe impersonating Theda Bara], 1958 Theda Bara. The movies’ first heavy-breathing temptress and the original vampire was Theda Bara–and this is Marilyn Monroe as this most famous of all vamps. In A Fool There Was and 40 … Continue reading

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Fame: Celebrity, Photography, and the Deconstruction of an Archetypical Icon?

Weegee, Marylin Monroe, ca. 1952 Richard Avedon, [Contact sheet of Marilyn Monroe posing with dog], 1958 Richard Avedon, [Contact sheet of Marilyn Monroe posing with dog], 1958 Martin Munkacsi, [Jean Harlow, Hollywood], ca. 1937 Weegee, [Movie star signing autographs at … Continue reading

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Screen Sirens of the 1950s

Chim (David Seymour), Sophia Loren in her home. Naples, Italy, 1955 Cornell Capa, [Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Misfits, Nevada], 1960 Leonard McCombe, [Eyes right is executed with almost military precision by dining car males aboard New York … Continue reading

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