A stunning large-format, silver-gelatin, limited-edition print from De Dienes's famous photoshoot with Marilyn, then Norma Jeane, in 1945. The work is stamped by the photographer, verso, and is 16/16 in the limited edition series. It was originally gifted to Clark Lewis by Shirley De Dienes on 18th November, 1986.
When this photo was taken, Marilyn, then Norma Jeane, was on the books of Emile Snively's Blue Book Model Agency. De Dienes contacted the agency for a model who would pose nude. Snively recommended her latest signing, and De Dienes soon hit the road with the most delightful young woman he had ever seen. As for the nude session, Norma Jeane had other ideas!
Andre De Dienes (1913-1985) came to the United States from Hungary in 1938. He settled in California and quickly made a speciality of plein-air photography of the female nude form.
De Dienes recalls his first meeting with Marilyn: ''The impact Norma Jeane had on me was tremendous. As minutes passed, I fell more and more in love... I had the immediate feeling she was something special.'