This book presents the complete set of 2,571 photos. The monumental body of work by the master photographer and the Hollywood actress marks a climax in the history of star photography, both in quantity and quality. As a unique affirmation of the erotic dimension of photography and the eroticism of taking photos, the Last Sitting® it is the world's finest and largest tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
The last time Marilyn would pose for a studio shoot in front of a camera. Six weeks later, the actress was found dead in her home. Even despite the ominous facts surrounding this sitting, the images it produced project a haunting, almost dreamlike quality unlike any photographs ever taken of the starlet.
In his fascinating foreword to the book, Bert Stern looks back on that momentous sitting, offering a revealing, naked portrait of Marilyn. From the glamorous, sophisticated photos, in which Vogue would publish as a black-and-white memorial spread, to the less restrained color shots that Stern coaxed out of Marilyn during an intense, exhausting session, this collection covers nearly every aspect of modern photography: portraiture, fashion-driven, erotic, and artistic. More than a comprehensive display of Stern's immeasurable talents, these photographs combine to create an homage to America's first goddess.