Photographer and artist Mary Ann Lynch, who has been capturing offbeat Marilyn sightings worldwide since 1992, attended the recent launch of Larry Schiller’s Marilyn & Me : A Memoir in Words and Photographs, at New York’s Steven Kasher Gallery.
Here are some of Mary Ann’s exclusive images, with personal commentary, taken during the event.
Mary Ann Lynch
Photographs from Lawrence Schiller’s “Marilyn & Me”
opening receptions, May 30 and 31, 2012
Steven Kasher Gallery
521 W. 23rd Street, NYC.
The show runs through June 30, 2012.
Schiller’s extraordinary color poolside photograph of Marilyn in June 1962, on the set of “Something’s Got To Give,” her last and unfinished movie. Marilyn died August 5, 1962. In 2011 Schiller decided to undertake this ambitious project, a memoir in words and photographs, to appear during the 50th anniversary of her passing. He succeeded with class and gusto, bringing out two separate versions of the memoir and mounting a photographic exhibition moving about Europe and the United States.
The crowd was shoulder to shoulder and constant, with many crowding the desk where a sample copy of the ($1000/$2000) Taschen art edition of “Marilyn & Me”, with its spectacular collection of b&w and color images, many never before published, could be seen.
Here’s what kept people so interested at the desk — a sample of the Taschen art edition of “Marilyn & Me” by Lawrence Schiller that they could go through — but just one or two people at a time. I waited patiently for my turn to make a photograph. The boxes beneath the desk contain the book.
Guests waiting to have their book (or books, many bought multiples) signed wound their way through both rooms of the gallery. The wait was worth it to watch Schiller personalize each copy with a flourish.
The wall photograph is the first important portrait of Marilyn Schiller ever made, while photographing her on and off the set of “Let’s Make Love” in 1960. It is the cover of the Nan Talese/Doubleday compact edition of Schiller’s memoir, “Marilyn & Me.” Each chapter opens with a small black and white photograph. It makes for an intimate read and at the $20 price point can be had by all. Those who knew Marilyn to be quite the reader can imagine her curled up on the couch looking at it herself. And she would have appreciated having “Dom” served at the reception.
Gallerist Steven Kasher (left) and Lawrence Schiller
John Buffalo Mailer (at right), and friend