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Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!
June 1st, 2016 11:33 am

June 1st, 2016 would've been Marilyn Monroe's 90th Birthday. In celebration of her birthday, the Archives is releasing this unseen and unpublished photo by Milton H. Greene. Taken for a Life Magazine feature on Asian gowns, Milton photographed Marilyn in his New York Studio March 28, 1955. Marilyn always had a bond with her pets and, in particular, a special affinity for small dogs. Her beloved French Poodle, Maf, was a gift from Frank Sinatra and a constant companion until her death in 1962.
The Anthology Collection
March 17th, 2016 11:12 am

The Anthology Collection

There are big changes happening here at The Archives. It's been a hectic 2016 and Joshua Greene has been busy reviewing and reorganizing the current collections while also going over some new images in preparation for some new products.

The first big announcement is the introduction of The Anthology Collection. The Anthology Collection is comprised of new, never-before seen images as well as some of Milton's best-known work. The intent of the Anthology Collection is to capture Milton's core: his sense of beauty, sense of humor and his sense of timing while celebrating his all-around photographic genius. Premiering Spring of 2016, The Anthology Collection is comprised of three categories of images: Celebrity, Fashion and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. Three sizes (small, medium, exhibition) will be available with a total of 15 prints of the small size, 20 prints in the medium size and 7 in the exhibition size. The Anthology Collection will contain prints larger then most of our current editions, but in smaller edition quantities, with small prints starting at 20"x24" . The smaller edition numbers along with larger sizes will put the Anthology Collection at a premium price point: Fashion prints will start at $3,000; Personality prints start at $4,000; and Marilyn Monroe Anthology Collection prints will start at $7,000. 


With the introduction of a new collection comes the retiring and discontinuing of older editions. On March 22nd, 2016, The Archives will retire the First Portfolio and Anniversary Edition collections. Some of the images in these collections will be added to the new Anthology Collection, while some photos will be retired and will no longer be part of an edition. The images that do end up as part of The Anthology Collection will be at higher price points then they are currently available. This week is your last chance to get First Portfolio and Anniversary Edition collection limited edition prints before they are retired and/or at lower price points.
Elizabeth Taylor Birthday February 27th
March 1st, 2016 9:35 am
Elizabeth Taylor photo taken in 1975 during the filming of The Blue Bird by Milton H Greene
Milton captured the lovely Elizabeth Taylor with her son Michael Wilding in 1954

Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday was this past weekend. February 27th.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1975 Russia

I always wanted to go to Russia. We traveled to St. Petersburg for two weeks to photograph Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner, and Cecily Tyson. Milton and Life had the world exclusive on George Cukor’s film “The Blue Bird”, a fairytale by Maurice Maeterlinck. Away from the movie set, Milton wanted a more glamorous location for Elizabeth. What could be more regal than the palace of Catherine the Great, now the famous Hermitage Museum.

Let's remember, this is 1975 in the Soviet Union. The Cold War is on and the KGB is everywhere we were. This building and all of its objects are sacred, historic, one-of-a-kind items from Russia's past. For Milton, it's a 300-room prop.

Milton selects the throne of Peter the Great with the understanding that it was to be used as a background. When the KGB leaves the room, Milton whispers to Elizabeth, "Sit on the throne." She being MGM royalty, loves the idea, smiles, and slides right on. Now, he realizes there wasn't sufficient light, so he scrambles to modify a portable strobe using a hotel napkin to diffuse the light source. I'm having a heart attack. Elizabeth is smiling through clenched teeth “Milti, for Christ’s sake, take the fucking picture”.

I never saw Milton break a sweat before, even when he worked with royalty, but he was drenched when it was over. Imagine the tension of not knowing for days what you had or didn't have until the Life lab called to congratulate him. After all, it was a one-shot deal never to be duplicated. 

View more of Elizabeth Taylor's photos at our gallery.

Lee Marvin
February 19th, 2016 9:34 am
Lee Marvin photographed by Milton H Greene in 1969

While on a photographic assignment for McCalls in 1969, Milton H Greene took this color image of action star Lee Marvin sitting on a beach preparing to do some fishing.

Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli
February 16th, 2016 11:14 am
Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli photographed by Milton H Greene

1990 Grammy Legend Award Winner Liza Minnelli and 2001 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Sammy Davis Jr. scheduled a joint performance in Miami, Florida, 1976 and Milton was there to get it on film. This image was one of many promos taken at the Diplomat Hotel in preparation for the upcoming event, which heralded $100-$250 ticket prices per person.