Marilyn and I
       
     
 Elodie Frégé, singer, Paris, France
       
     
 Fréderic Mitterrand, author, Paris, France
       
     
 Bastien d’Almeida, fashion designer, collector, Paris, France
       
     
 “Marilyn and I” exhibition view at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris, France
       
     
 Christine Gurtner, painter, Paris, France
       
     
 Mathias Durand-Reynaldo, fashion designer, sculptor, Paris, France
       
     
 ©️  HM Queen Elizabeth II. Used by permission
       
     
 “Marilyn and I” exhibition view at The Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow, Russia
       
     
 Melissa Rae Mahon, director, choreographer, New York, USA
       
     
 Charles Busch, actor, playwright; New York, USA
       
     
 Douglas Kirkland, photographer, Arles, France
       
     
 “Marilyn and I” exhibition view at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris, France
       
     
 Henry-Jean Servat, journalist, author, Paris, France
       
     
 Irene Stull, artist, Brentwood, Los Angeles, USA
       
     
 Jessie Mann, artist, muse, New York, USA
       
     
 “Marilyn and I” exhibition view at The Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow, Russia
       
     
 Vincent Chaillet, Principal Dancer, Paris National Opera Ballet, Paris, France
       
     
 Scott Fortner, collector, Los Angeles, USA
       
     
 Olivier Barrot, journalist, Paris, France
       
     
 Vyva Diamss, artist, Paris, France
       
     
 Westwood cemetery, Los Angeles, USA
       
     
Marilyn and I
       
     
Marilyn and I

In 1999 I had a chance to attend as a spectator "The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe” auction at Christie’s in New York. I was intrigued by a masterfully orchestrated ritual in a room filled with people determined to shell out thousands of dollars for the right to own a piece of Hollywood’s most iconic woman. It is at Christie’s that I first started wondering about the elements of the exceptional longevity and modernity of Monroe’s myth.

A rare opportunity presented itself in 2005, six years after the Christie’s auction. A collector friend bought a summer dress from a private wardrobe of Marilyn Monroe. The access I was granted to the relic allowed me to begin my own exploration of Monroe’s legend. With the borrowed dress carefully folded in my photographer’s backpack I went on a journey to meet and photograph men and women of all ages who feel the continuing connection to Marilyn Monroe decades after her death.

© 2003-2018 Copyright Yury Toroptsov. All rights reserved.

 Elodie Frégé, singer, Paris, France
       
     

Elodie Frégé, singer, Paris, France

 Fréderic Mitterrand, author, Paris, France
       
     

Fréderic Mitterrand, author, Paris, France

 Bastien d’Almeida, fashion designer, collector, Paris, France
       
     

Bastien d’Almeida, fashion designer, collector, Paris, France

 “Marilyn and I” exhibition view at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris, France
       
     

“Marilyn and I” exhibition view at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris, France

 Christine Gurtner, painter, Paris, France
       
     

Christine Gurtner, painter, Paris, France

 Mathias Durand-Reynaldo, fashion designer, sculptor, Paris, France
       
     

Mathias Durand-Reynaldo, fashion designer, sculptor, Paris, France

 ©️  HM Queen Elizabeth II. Used by permission
       
     

©️ HM Queen Elizabeth II. Used by permission

 “Marilyn and I” exhibition view at The Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow, Russia
       
     

“Marilyn and I” exhibition view at The Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow, Russia

 Melissa Rae Mahon, director, choreographer, New York, USA
       
     

Melissa Rae Mahon, director, choreographer, New York, USA

 Charles Busch, actor, playwright; New York, USA
       
     

Charles Busch, actor, playwright; New York, USA

 Douglas Kirkland, photographer, Arles, France
       
     

Douglas Kirkland, photographer, Arles, France

 “Marilyn and I” exhibition view at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris, France
       
     

“Marilyn and I” exhibition view at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris, France

 Henry-Jean Servat, journalist, author, Paris, France
       
     

Henry-Jean Servat, journalist, author, Paris, France

 Irene Stull, artist, Brentwood, Los Angeles, USA
       
     

Irene Stull, artist, Brentwood, Los Angeles, USA

 Jessie Mann, artist, muse, New York, USA
       
     

Jessie Mann, artist, muse, New York, USA

 “Marilyn and I” exhibition view at The Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow, Russia
       
     

“Marilyn and I” exhibition view at The Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow, Russia

 Vincent Chaillet, Principal Dancer, Paris National Opera Ballet, Paris, France
       
     

Vincent Chaillet, Principal Dancer, Paris National Opera Ballet, Paris, France

 Scott Fortner, collector, Los Angeles, USA
       
     

Scott Fortner, collector, Los Angeles, USA

 Olivier Barrot, journalist, Paris, France
       
     

Olivier Barrot, journalist, Paris, France

 Vyva Diamss, artist, Paris, France
       
     

Vyva Diamss, artist, Paris, France

 Westwood cemetery, Los Angeles, USA
       
     

Westwood cemetery, Los Angeles, USA