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An exhibit of rare Marilyn Monroe photos is coming to NYC this month

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Rebecca Fontana
“Flirtacious” 1962
Photograph: Bert Stern

Happy birthday to Marilyn! To celebrate the late icon's birthday month, a gallery in Nolita is presenting a photography exhibit of rare images taken throughout her lifetime. 

The collection will arrive at Pop International Galleries at 195 Bowery on June 21, with a free opening event from 7 to 9pm that evening. To score a spot at the opening night event, just email 

Monroe is a staple in pop art in NYC, but this particular exhibit goes beyond the bright primary colors of Andy Warhol. The photos on display include both color and black-and-white works from seven different photographers. Most of them are hand-signed by the photogs, who include Bert Stern, George Barris and Laslow Willinger. One of the oldest ones on display is from 1945, taken by William Carroll, back when Monroe was known as Norma Jean. (She began going by Marilyn Monroe in 1946 and legally changed her name in 1956.) There’s also a topless photo of Monroe, accurately titled “Not Bad For 36."

Check out some of the retro images from the photography exhibit below: 


“Norma Jean” 1945, printed 2010
Photograph: William Carroll
“Norma Jean” 1945, printed 2010
Photograph: William Carroll
From The Last Photos 1962, printed In 1987
Photograph: George Barris
“Glamour Shot” 1949
Photograph: Laslow Willinger
“ Not Bad For 36" 1962
Photograph: Bert Stern

If the images inspire you to pursue photography beyond Instagram, head to the best photography galleries in NYC to see impressive works or sign up for photography classes in NYC to learn to use equipment that’s not an iPhone camera. 

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