Just months before her death, Marilyn Monroe gave a young
photographer his big break, and this is his story
"You're already famous, now you're going to make me
photographer Lawrence Schiller said to Marilyn
Monroe as they discussed the photos he was about to shoot of her.
"Don't be so cocky," Marilyn replied, "photographers can be easily
replaced." The year was 1962, and Schiller, 25, was on assignment
for Paris Match
magazine. He already knew Marilyn - they
had met on the set of Let's Make Love
nothing could have prepared him for the day she appeared
nude during a swimming pool scene for the motion picture
Something's Got to Give.
Marilyn & Me
is an intimate story of a legend before
her fall and a young photographer on his way to the top.
Schiller's original text and extraordinary photographs-over
two thirds of which have never or rarely been
-take us back to that time, and to the surprising
connection that allowed Marilyn to bond with a kid from Brooklyn, a
kid with a lot of ambition but very little experience. Now,
50 years later, TASCHEN is publishing Lawrence Schiller's story as
a signed, numbered monograph limited to 1,962 copies, for the year
of Monroe's untimely death.
Schiller's is a story that has
never been told before, and he tells it with tact, humor, and
compassion. The result is a real and unexpected portrait that
captures the star in the midst of her final struggle.
Collector's Edition of 1,712 numbered copies
(books numbered No. 251-1,962) signed by the photographer.
Also available in two Art Editions of 125 copies
each with an original photograph
- The book and clamshell box are covered in a custom
woven duchesse silk from one of the world's most
distinguished silk mills, Taroni, of Como,
- Printed on archival paper
- Four foldouts, with one gatefold measuring a full 110 cm (44
- Translation booklet of the text available in
German, French and Spanish with purchase upon request
"Marilyn & Me" is an intimate tale of a legend before her fall
and a young photographer on his way to the top. The limited edition
monographNsigned by the photographer and numberedNincludes
headline-grabbing nudes of the actress to the almost surreal
pictures from the day of her funeral, the tragedy of her death
hanging heavy in every frame.