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from "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by Photo credit John Vachon

In August 1953 LOOK magazine documentary photographer, John Vachon, was sent to Alberta, Canada, to take pictures of Marilyn Monroe while she was filming on location. He took over 100 stunning photos of her during two weeks, but only three were published in LOOK. The rest were forgotten for nearly 60 years, until they were recently rediscovered.


Cover, "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by Photo credit John Vachon

Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos, Photographs by John Vachon, Text by Brian Wallis (Calla Editions) is a luscious, hardcover, coffee table book with over 100 previously unseen photos.


From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by Photo credit John Vachon

Marilyn Monroe was in the Canadian Rockies to make River of No Return shortly after the release of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She had injured an ankle, and had taken time off to recuperate.


From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by Photo credit John Vachon

As a result, Vachon had the opportunity to photograph her in a more relaxed atmosphere than was typical for the star. 

 
From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by Photo credit John Vachon

We are used to seeing Marilyn sexy and sultry, and there's plenty of that in these photos -- but Vachon also captures a relaxed, playful Marilyn that is rarely seen.

Marilyn with husband-to-be, Joe DiMaggio - the only time that the two posed formally together for a photographer.


From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by Photo credit John Vachon

Marilyn stands by an appropriately suggestive signpost.


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From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by P

Marilyn relaxing ... (note the cast still on her left foot)


From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by Photo credit John Vachon

From "Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos" by Photo credit John Vachon

and looking ethereal.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
 

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Thanks for sharing these incredible photos and the... by Lise Stoessel on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 5:50:35 AM
...it seems like it is a window into the  REA... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:41:59 AM
beauty superimposed on nature's beauty. What more ... by Archie on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 9:47:58 PM
I try to bring a little beauty into the sludgewate... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 9:56:11 PM