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"Many Monroe fans revere the ‘Black Sitting’ as the finest pictures of Marilyn available, as well as the ultimate Monroe-Greene accomplishment. Although sexy and provocative, this photograph manages to retain a sense of innocence and youth. Over the course of four hours, Milton and stylist Joe Eula had Marilyn posing with hats, bustiers and fishnet stockings. They went a step further towards the end of the shoot, and had Marilyn pose topless while draped in black velvet. Other than the private portfolio that Milton gave Marilyn, these photographs were never released during her lifetime, and only when they appeared in Norman Mailer’s 1976 book Marilyn were they seen by the public for the first time."
‘Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene’ at PROUD - May 11 - June 24 (2018)

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 Marilyn Monroe in 'The Black Sitting' by Milton Greene (1956) © The Archives LLC / Iconic Images

Marilyn Monroe in 'The Black Sitting' by Milton Greene (1956)
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