Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn Monroe, 1962
For the first time in Europe, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art inDuesseldorf, Germany exhibits the work by American Photojournalist Lawrence Schiller (1936, Brooklyn New York) till 08/28/2007.
Throughout the 60′s Schiller photographed its icons, actors, artists, musicians and politicians: a sleeping Robert Kennedy on a plane, Barbara Streisand buying art in her hotel room or Mohammed Ali boxing. Schiller was always at the right place at the right time. His pictures were featured in the most influential magazines throughout Europe and the USA such as Paris Match, Life, Look, Newsweek, Time, The London Sunday Times, Playboy, and Stern. He won numerous significant international Photography prizes like the Picture of the Year Competition.
One early apogee of his photographic career is without a doubt the Marilyn series which he shot on the set of her last movie Something Has Got to Give in 1962. Through his long acquaintance with Marilyn he developed an extraordinary shoot of the star’s bathing scene. Besides photo shoots, Marilyn let him have a glimpse of her life and persona on the other side of the camera. The photos that stemmed from behind the scenes mirror an equal deep trust between the both of them.
Lawrence Schiller, Robert Kennedy, last campaign, 1968 © East End Editions KLS, LLC, Los Angeles.
Only since beginning 2007 (after New York and Los Angeles) is Lawrence Schiller releasing his portfolio of photographs from the Marilyn and 60′s series in a limited and signed available edition.
Besides being a photographer, Schiller is also known for many of his book publications such as LSD (1966); Marilyn (1972); Oswald’s Tale (1994) both in collaboration with Norman Mailer; American Tragedy (1996); Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (1998); Into the Mirror (2002), that all feature on the New York Rimes Bestselling List. Schiller, to date is also a Film Producer and Director of 16 motion pictures which include Hey, I’m Alive (1976); The Executioner’s Song (1982); Peter the Great (TV Series 1984). Schiller is currently working on a book on Chinese History as seen by Chinese Contemporary artists and their parents.
Schiller’s photographs e.g. of Marily Monroe or Robert Kennedy haven been sold at prices between $ 300 and 1100 at auctions since the end of the nineties.