Marilyn Monroe has become a household name, her face familiar to generations of film lovers around the world. It seems we have seen hundreds of her photographs, from the most famous ones (think billowing skirt) to the more intimate shots of her private moments. But sporadically, new archive pictures appear, adding another aspect to the movie icon's legend. The Galerie de l’Instant in Paris, France, is showcasing just such a trove, dedicating an exhibition to the American actress, revealing rare, if not completely new, pictures of the star.

The snapshots come from a series of images by photographers Sam Shaw and Bert Stern, many of them rejected by the actress, crossed out with a red marker, and thus raising the question of ethics in showing them to the public.

The photographs depict parts of Monroe's life that weren’t all that well documented, such as her first year of marriage to Arthur Miller in 1957, one of the star’s happier moments. We see herfinding childlike pleasure exploring a garden or stopping for a hot dog on a busy New York street.

Many of the photographs exude certain simplicity and capture a woman trying to reclaim some privacy in her life. The Galerie de l’Instant is also exhibiting pictures from Lawrence Schiller’s collection;a photographer lucky enough to be on set for the actress’ last film, Something’s Got to Give (1962).

The images of a Marilyn at the peak of her beauty also manage to capture moments of loneliness and sadness that now seem like premonitions of her tragic end. If you have a chance to see the exhibition, chapeau to you, but you can always enjoy the photographs by viewing them on the gallery's website.

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MARILYN
La Galerie de l'Instant
Paris, France
www.lagaleriedelinstant.com/marilyn/(lien externe)

Until February 15, 2018