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Bruce Davidson and Marilyn Monroe
Bruce Davidson, ‘Marilyn Monroe with Cameraman on Set of the Misfits', 1960
Bruce Davidson and Marilyn Monroe

The Misfits, directed by John Huston with a screenplay by Arthur Miller, was a major film that was released in 1961 and saw the final on-screen appearances of both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Famous for its difficult production that was blighted by the breakdown of Monroe’s marriage to Miller, extreme temperatures and a soaring budget, the film is also famous amongst photography aficionados. This is because Magnum Photos was engaged as part of the film’s promotional strategy, and its making was subsequently covered by Bruce Davidson, Eve Arnold, Cornell Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Ernst Hass, Erich Hass, Erich Hartmann, Inge Morath and Dennis Stock – eight of the most celebrated photographers of all time. Here Davidson captures a moment in which the camera, lights and set seem to dwarf the tiny figure of Monroe, who looks pensively downwards.

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