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Marilyn Monroe: Lost Photos of America's Sweetheart Recovered

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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

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

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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.

After LOOK magazine folded in the early 1970s, its founders donated their huge photo archives to the Library of Congress. John Vachon's negatives of Marilyn Monroe were included.

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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 since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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