Every picture tells a story about how Marilyn Monroe saw herself

PREVIOUSLY-unpublished photographs of Marilyn Monroe, taken by photo-journalist Eve Arnold, are set to go on show at art galleries across the region.

From next Saturday, Castle Galleries in Harrogate, Leeds, York and Meadowhall in Sheffield will be among a select number of galleries in the UK to unveil the new collection of photographs, published by Washington Green Fine Art Publishing.

The exhibitions, entitled Marilyn, feature eight limited-edition photographs by Arnold, taken in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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Arnold, who forged a friendship with Monroe following a 1952 shoot for Esquire magazine, said: "By seeing her through photographs – the only way most people ever saw her – it may be possible to get some idea of how she saw herself and perhaps to glean some insight into the phenomenon that was Marilyn Monroe.

"She liked my pictures and was canny enough to realise that they were a fresh approach for presenting her – a looser, more intimate look than the posed studio portraits she was used to in Hollywood."

During their 10-year collaboration Arnold photographed the actress on six different occasions, including a two month-long session while Monroe was shooting The Misfits.

Prices for the prints start at 350. For more details on the exhibitions visit www.castlegalleries.com