A tribute to Marilyn Monroe is now on display at two New York City subway stations. Iconic photos of the actress taken on Lexington Avenue are being showcased at two locations; inside the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station, and outside the subway station at the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway, just outside the Times Square stop. Snapshots were taken by Sam Shaw, who spent time with Monroe at various locations in the city from 1954 through 1957. He was a photojournalist who actually captured the star standing over the subway grate with her skirt billowing, and was used in 1955 to promote The Seven Year Itch.
Sam Shaw (above) began his career as a photojournalist in Colliers magazine in the 1940s. His photos taken on movie studio sets in the 1950s include A Streetcar Named Desire and Viva Zapata. He collaborated with Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn, Billy Wilder, Paul Newman, and John Cassevettes, among others. Shaw’s name became synonomous with the covers of Life and Look.
The Monroe outdoor exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit and Urban Lightbox Exhibition. The show opened yesterday, and this will remain on display along the MTA system over the next year.
A wonderful photograph has emerged from earlier this year, with Barack Obama on the Rosa Parks Bus replica exhibit at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. It appears the president is reflecting on the road traveled by African-Americans in the fight for Civil Rights to his own historic national election (and now re-election).
As 2012 is nearing its end, I believe this is my favorite image of the year. It inspires and delights…
Until next time> “never forget”