727 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014


photographs by Ed Feingersh

September 9 - October 14, 2012
Opening reception Sunday, September 9th, 5-8pm

drkrm, in association with The Art Reserve, is pleased to announce an exhibition of rare Marilyn Monroe photographs by Ed Feingersh.

Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe made only 30 films in her lifetime. Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamored the world. Her apparent vulnerability and innocence, in combination with an innate sensuality, has endeared her to the global consciousness. She dominated the age of movie stars to become, without question, the most famous woman of the 20th Century. Her legendary status and mysticism will remain with film history forever.

Photoreporter Ed Feingersh, on assignment for Redbook magazine, captured Monroe during a period of transformation. In 1955, she left Hollywood, broke her contract with 20th Century Fox and moved to New York in pursuit of a more serious acting career. With the aim of reshaping her public image, Feingersh was hired to shadow the actress in New York.

Uninterested in the posed, pinup style of Hollywood, Feingersh took a documentary approach, photographing Monroe doing everyday things, following her around the city as she goes about her private and public life. Feingersh's grainy, natural monochromes remain some of the most memorable. They cover a mere week of her life. These intimate photographs reveal a Marilyn fluctuating between fresh faced self confidence and extreme vulnerability. Vibrant and cheerful one minute, pensive and serious the next. A complicated, many-sided women behind the confection Hollywood had made her.

Ed Feingersh (1924-1961) studied photography under Alexey Brodovitch at the New York School of Social Research. He later worked as a photo-journalist for the Pix, Inc agency. Forgotten in a Brooklyn warehouse, these Marilyn negatives reappeared in 1987 revealing many of the unseen shots that appear in this exhibition.

  13x19" Limited Edition Show Posters Available $20 ea

Also on display are rare behind the scenes shots of Marilyn Monroe on location in New York filming Seven Year Itch in 1954.

drkrm is an exhibition space dedicated to the display of popular cultural images, fine art photography, documentary and photo journalism, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes. drkrm is located at 727 S. Spring Street in the Gallery Row district of Downtown Los Angeles. Regular hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6, Sunday 12-4 and by appointment.

All gallery events are free and open to the public.