Photography

Marilyn Monroe In Chicago


As were were fighting the brisk Chicago Winds on North Michegan Avenue, we stumbled across this huge Marilyn. Hundress of people were snapping away with their Cell Phone cameras and other things. We took a bit of time to examine the light and find the right lens. We then jumped onto a Traffic Circle, equipped the trusty Nikon D7000 with a Uber Cool Nikkon 70-200mm f2.8 lens. The idea was to capture Mariyn and the Historic Chicago Tribune ediface at the same time. Maybe she would have made the front page with her pose?  The pose was from New York City, by the way. Now a bit about Marilyn!

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer, model and showgirl who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) drew attention to her—by now her hair was dyed blonde. By 1953, Monroe had progressed to a leading role in Niagara (1953), a melodramatic film noir that dwelled on her seductiveness. Her “dumb blonde” persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955).

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5 responses

  1. Dave

    VERY COOL SHOT! Absolutely love everything about this photo.

    January 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  2. Wonderful shot. Love your composition.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm

  3. I’m with Edith here, this is one of the best shots I’ve seen in quite a while Erik!

    January 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

  4. Not to mention one of her other comic movies, “Some Like It Hot”, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon. Which, according to the movie plot, started in Chicago with Tony and Jack running from the mob after witnessing the Valentine’s Day massacre.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

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