Saturday, December 09, 2006

Marilyn Monroe exhibition

The most evocative and fascinating icon, for me, is Marilyn Monroe. She was one of the most photographed people in the world. She was stunning and gorgeous whether captured on photograph or on the celluloid screen. She oozed sex appeal, she was bright, funny and wisecracked with utter aplomb. But she was still perceived a "dumb blonde" but Marilyn was more than that.

There's an exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery, London, of several unseen photographs taken by one of Monroe's favourites, Eve Arnold. Arnold and Monroe forged a friendship when they met in the early 1950s and this bond lasted until Marilyn's untimely death in 1962. Out of the masses of photographs taken of Marilyn she is the one photographer who captures the ordinaryness, the vulnerability and sexyness of Norma Jean Baker.

The exhibiton is on until the 31 December 2006. Maybe I will raise a glass as a toast to the goddess that was Marilyn Monroe.