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Milton H. Greene is most famous for the photo shoots he did with the 1950s pinup actress Marilyn Monroe, who, after her death in 1962, became iconic. Born on 14 March 1922 in New York, Greene first started taking photographs at the age of 14. Even though he was the recipient of the architecture scholarship to the renowned Pratt Institute, Greene gravitated towards the camera and its versatility as an artistic medium.
Greene became was apprenticed to photojournalist Elliot Elisofen but before long, his love of fashion found him assisting fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe, known for her work in Harper's Bazaar magazine. By the '50s and '60s, Greene's work had been published in Life, Look, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Town & Country and he earned himself the nickname Colour Photography's Wonder Boy.
Initially known for his high-fashion work, Greene later on created a name for himself for his celebrity portraits of artists, musicians and personalities from the worlds of film and television. Milton H. Greene had a knack for capturing the qualities of the real person behind the celebrity facade, showing the beauty of his subjects in an elegant but natural way.
The roster of yesteryear celebrities that Greene captured included Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Andy Warhol, Alfred Hitchcock, Lauren Bacall and Catherine Deneuve, amongst many others. But it was his friendship and irresistible portraits of Marilyn Monroe that he is most famously remembered for.
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