In late June 1962, just six weeks before her death, Marilyn Monroe spent three days with celebrity photographer Bert Stern at the Bel Air Hotel for her last photo shoot with Vogue. The collection of over 2,500 shots was published by Stern twenty years later in a book called The Last Sitting.
Among all these photographs, I find these to be some of the most powerful she’d ever taken. A departure from her usually sensual photo shoots, Stern’s talent was to bring out a darker, more contemplative and mysterious side of the late actress. These black and white pictures show a glimpse of her immense feminine power, of what could have been… They would look so beautiful framed!