In the flesh

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

This Art Edition of 125 numbered copies (No. 126-250), each signed by Lawrence Schiller, comes with a pigment print from the swimming pool scene of Something’s Got to Give, which was Monroe’s last film.

“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.

Also available in a second Art Edition (No. 1-125) with an alternative print.
Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me, Art Edition B (Collector's Edition)
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Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me, Art Edition B

Pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315GS paper, 14.6 x 9.3 in. on 15.6 x 11.4 in. paper, hardcover volume in clamshell box, 11.4 x 15.6 in., 210 pages
$ 2,000
  • Reviews
“TASCHEN, publisher of expensive, limited edition books has a new ceiling with this expensive, limited edition book: Marilyn & Me costs $ 1,000, or $ 2,000 if you want to splurge on the even more limited Art Edition.”
— Publisher’s Weekly, New York, United States
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Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me, Art Edition A (Collector's Edition)
Few left Lawrence Schiller. Marilyn & Me, Art Edition A
Gelatin silver print, 14.6 x 9.3 in. on 15.6 x 11.4 in. paper, hardcover volume in clamshell box, 15.6 x 13 in., 210 pages
$ 2,000
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
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Marilyn & Me
Lawrence Schiller's view of Marilyn Monroe. CBS Sunday Morning, April 29, 2012