Feingersh shadows Marilyn during the course of a tumultuous week, following her around the city as she goes about her private and public life. They travel incognito on the New York subway, go to costume fittings and the premiere of Tennessee Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'. Marilyn is captured relaxing in her hotel suite, dressing for events and putting on her make up. The week culminates in a legendary appearance astride a pink elephant at a benefit performance of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden.
As you view these rare and intimate photographs you discover a Marilyn fluctuating between fresh faced self confidence and extreme vulnerability. Vibrant and cheerful one minute, pensive and serious the next. A complicated, many-sided women behind the confection Hollywood had made her.
Ed Feingersh studied photography under Alexey Brodovitch at the New York School of Social Research. He later worked as a photo-journalist for the Pix, Inc agency. Some of his pictures of Marilyn were published in 1955 in Redbook Magazine. Many years after Ed Feingersh died, several rolls of film were discovered revealing many of the unseen shots that appear in the exhibition.