In the flesh

Just months before her death, Marilyn Monroe gave a young photographer his big break, and this is his story

“You’re already famous, now you’re going to make me famous,” photographer Lawrence Schiller said to Marilyn Monroe as they discussed the photos he was about to shoot of her. “Don’t be so cocky,” Marilyn replied, “photographers can be easily replaced.” The year was 1962, and Schiller, 25, was on assignment for Paris Match magazine. He already knew Marilyn — they had met on the set of Let’s Make Love — but nothing could have prepared him for the day she appeared nude during a swimming pool scene for the motion picture Something’s Got to Give.

Marilyn & Me is an intimate story of a legend before her fall and a young photographer on his way to the top. Schiller’s original text and extraordinary photographs—over two thirds of which have never or rarely been published—take us back to that time, and to the surprising connection that allowed Marilyn to bond with a kid from Brooklyn, a kid with a lot of ambition but very little experience. Now, 50 years later, TASCHEN is publishing Lawrence Schiller’s story as a signed, numbered monograph limited to 1,962 copies, for the year of Monroe’s untimely death. Schiller’s is a story that has never been told before, and he tells it with tact, humor, and compassion.  The result is a real and unexpected portrait that captures the star in the midst of her final struggle.


 
  • Collector’s Edition of 1,712 numbered copies (No. 251–1,962), all signed by the photographer. Also available in two Art Editions of 125 copies, each with an original photograph
  • The book and clamshell box are covered in a custom woven duchesse silk from one of the world’s most distinguished silk mills, Taroni, of Como, Italy
  • Printed on archival paper
  • Four foldouts, with one gatefold measuring a full 110 cm (44 in.) across
  • Translation booklet of the text available in German, French and Spanish with purchase upon request
The author:
Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist for Life, Playboy, and Paris Match, among others, photographing some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Robert F. Kennedy, from Ali and Foreman to Redford and Newman. His many book collaborations include the Pulitzer Prize-winning book with Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song; and he has written five New York Times bestsellers. He has also directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television; The Executioner's Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys. He is also the founder of The Norman Mailer Center & Writer’s Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me. A Memoir in Words & Photographs (Collector's Edition)

Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me. A Memoir in Words & Photographs


Hardcover in clamshell box, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 210 pages
$ 1,000
Edition: English
Availability: In Stock
  • Reviews
“With a precision of a surgeon‚ Schiller slices through the façade of Marilyn Monroe in his unflinching memoir. Revealing and readable‚ it‘s a book I couldn‘t put down.”
— Tina Brown, editor-in-chief Newsweek, New York, United States
  • See also
Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me, Art Edition A (Collector's Edition)
Few left Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me, Art Edition A
Hardcover in clamshell box with print in portfolio, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 210 pages
$ 2,000

A memoir in words and photographs. Limited edition of 125 copies
Norman Mailer/Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe (Collector's Edition)
Norman Mailer/Bert Stern. Marilyn Monroe
Hardcover in clamshell box, 14.4 x 17.3 in., 278 pages
$ 1,000

Monroe by Mailer and Stern. Limited edition of 1,712 copies
  • Videos
Marilyn & Me
Lawrence Schiller's view of Marilyn Monroe. CBS Sunday Morning, April 29, 2012
  • What's up
Exhibition
Lawrence Schiller
April 26, 2014 - June 07, 2014
Galerie Hiltawsky, Tucholskystr. 41, 10117 Berlin, Germany