Personal photographer. Lawrence Schiller
24.09. 2014 -23.11. 2014
The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Lawrence Schiller, one of the remarkable masters of portrait photography and a great figure in cinematography. Known as the “Personal photographer”, Schiller worked with Marilyn Monroe, photographed Richard Nixon’s and Robert Kennedy’s campaigns for Presidency in the United States and collaborated with plenty of Hollywood stars. His photographs repeatedly appeared on the covers of Life, Sport, Playboy, Glamour and The Saturday Post.
Marylin Monroe, 1962
The artist received recognition when he was 20 years old when Life magazine published his photo – “Head over Heels in Work”. From that moment Schiller’s career began to develop rapidly. He was entrusted to highlight Robert Nixon’s campaign in 1960, cooperated with Marilyn Monroe for Life magazine in 1962, and photographed for Playboy.
His work with Marilyn Monroe had significant influence on Schiller’s personality and career growth. He was only 22 years old, when started to collaborate with the actress. She trusted him so much, that soon he became her personal photographer. In his book, “Marilyn and I”, Schiller confesses that Monroe practically taught him how to take photos, improved him as a professional photographer, they were choosing good shots together. Schiller had been working with Marilyn for the last two months of her life. He was one of a few people who saw her just before her death.
Truly talented Lawrence Schiller besides his photographic activity was working a lot in cinematograph. As director, co-director, producer and scenarist, he participated in filming several movies, including “Marilyn: Untold story” 1980, “The American Dreamer” 1971, “Her Life as a Man” 1984, Oscar winning documentary “The Man Who skied Down Everest” 1972, and television series “Peter the Great” 1986, which was given Emmy Award. Lawrence Schiller is an author of 11 books and albums, most of them are devoted to memories of Marilyn.
The exposition features 30 photographs and covers perhaps the most seminal period of the master’s photographic carrier.