Ransom hosted an exclusive private viewing and cocktail reception coinciding with their official launch of our new gallery in The City on Carter Lane, showcasing the intimate and unseen photographs of Marilyn Monroe by the man who knew her best: Milton Greene.
Milton Greene was born in New York in 1922 and he began taking pictures at the age of 14 and by the age 23, he was referred to as “Color Photography’s Wonder Boy.” His work in the fifties and sixties appeared in magazines such as Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and Vogue. Milton Greene is famous for his work with Marylin Monroe, who change the course of his career. He first met her for a photo shoot for Look Magazine in 1953, when Monroe was just a young box-office bombshell. The two soon became friends, and, when Marilyn split from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio the following year, she moved into Greene’s family home in Connecticut. Together in 1956, they formed Marilyn Monroe Productions, which produced "Bus Stop"(1956) and "The Prince and the Showgirl” (1957). By the end of their four-year relationship, in 1957, he had photographed her in 52 different settings producing over 5,000 images, some of which have never been published. There was magic in Milton and Marylin’s relationship and the confidence they had in each other’s capabilities was clear in every photo.