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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Milton Greene

Dates:  1922 - 1985
Born:  US, NY, New York
Active:  US
Started his career at the age of 14. His best known work appeared in the high fashion magazines of the 50s and 60s including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, LIFE and Look. In his capacity as a fashion photographer he photographed many famous names of this period including Marilyn Monroe with whom he became close friends and partners in a film production company.
Greene won many awards in his lifetime and much of his work is represented in major museums around the world.

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Milton Greene was born in New York in 1922. He apprenticed to photojournalist, Elliot Elisofen, and with fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Greene is credited for bringing fashion photography into the realm of fine art along with other eminent photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, and Norman Parkinson. The range of Milton Greene´s subjects include such people as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Andy Warhol and Norman Mailer. But it was his unique friendship, business relationship with Marilyn Monroe for which he is most remembered. Before marrying Arthur Miller, Monroe lived with Milton and his family in their Connecticut farmhouse. It was during their ten years together that Greene captured some of the most beautiful photographs ever taken of Marilyn Monroe, such as the famous "Black" sitting. Greene’s photography won him many national and international honors, medals and awards; among them the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Art Director´s Club of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Detroit. One of his last awards was from the Art Director´s Club of New York for his work in Harper´s Bazaar. Greene died in 1985.
[Courtesy of Carl Mautz, December 2007] 
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