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BEN ROSS Marilyn Monroe 1952

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BEN ROSS Marilyn Monroe 1952

Lot 4060 Details

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BEN ROSS. Press Conference with Marilyn Monroe, Atlantic City, NJ, 1952. 9.7x13.4" gelatin silver print. Printed c. 1965. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil on print verso: Press Conference with Marilyn Monroe / Atlantic City, N.J. 1952 / Ben Ross; photographer's copyright/address stamp in black ink: Copyright Ben Ross All Rights Reserved / Ben Ross photography / 488 Clinton Street / Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231 / phone (212)858-4067; miscellaneous inscriptions in pencil: BR-20; PF 11362; MM-92; 1-20.

Ben Ross was born in 1916 in New York; his birth name was Benjamin Rosenblatt. He had a natural gift for photography and so it was no surprise when he took up a post with Parade magazine where his brother Sid also worked as a journalist.

He had a style of photography which was unusual for the time, he did not like staged shots and preferred to capture his subjects in candid poses. He himself remarked that this was not the accepted way of photographing the famous. "I never did that. I basically photographed during interviews, or, you know, just as they were."

In September 1952, Ross and his brother were assigned by Parade Magazine to cover Marilyn's trip to Atlantic City.

"She was opening this world premiere in Atlantic City, of all places. It sounded like a good opportunity, a nice easy trip. She was supposed to come to the station, Penn Station, and go down on the train with my brother and me, but she missed the damned train. We couldn't believe that she would miss the train. So, we said she must have gone in by car. Anyhow, we go on the train, we ran through the train and she wasn't there, we go to Newark, we called the editor. He said, 'where are you? She missed the train' as if we didn't know. So, we hop in the next train back, we run to the station master's office - she left five minutes ago to go to LaGuardia. They're going to charter a plane and fly her down. So, we grabbed a cab to go to LaGuardia. Well, by phone they had chartered a whole Eastern airliner to get her down there. We get to the airport, and the plane is just taxiing out and we couldn't get on it. So, we call the editor, he says, 'well why don't you follow her down? Hire a plane - but a little one, now.' So we hired a four engine. By that time it was too late. They got her to the train station, and she marched through town. It would have made great pictures, but I didn't get that.."

It is unfortunate that Ross did not make it to Atlantic City in time to photograph Marilyn's arrival. However, he was able to take some wonderful photographs of her at a press reception. The outfit that Marilyn chose for this occasion was the pink dress that she was to make internationally famous in "Niagara." A selection of these photographs appeared in Parade magazine that October, the issue would also feature an exclusive interview given to Sid by Marilyn.

Credit: https://www.immortalmarilyn.com/ben-ross/
Condition
Fair. Moderate wear throughout most of the print surface, creases, corner/edge wear, retouching. 6x.5" area of heavy wear on right edge with heavy creases, tears, and emulsion loss. Prominent brown spots near center-right with signs of retouching.
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BEN ROSS Marilyn Monroe 1952

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Lot 4060 Details

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BEN ROSS. Press Conference with Marilyn Monroe, Atlantic City, NJ, 1952. 9.7x13.4" gelatin silver print. Printed c. 1965. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil on print verso: Press Conference with Marilyn Monroe / Atlantic City, N.J. 1952 / Ben Ross; photographer's copyright/address stamp in black ink: Copyright Ben Ross All Rights Reserved / Ben Ross photography / 488 Clinton Street / Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231 / phone (212)858-4067; miscellaneous inscriptions in pencil: BR-20; PF 11362; MM-92; 1-20.

Ben Ross was born in 1916 in New York; his birth name was Benjamin Rosenblatt. He had a natural gift for photography and so it was no surprise when he took up a post with Parade magazine where his brother Sid also worked as a journalist.

He had a style of photography which was unusual for the time, he did not like staged shots and preferred to capture his subjects in candid poses. He himself remarked that this was not the accepted way of photographing the famous. "I never did that. I basically photographed during interviews, or, you know, just as they were."

In September 1952, Ross and his brother were assigned by Parade Magazine to cover Marilyn's trip to Atlantic City.

"She was opening this world premiere in Atlantic City, of all places. It sounded like a good opportunity, a nice easy trip. She was supposed to come to the station, Penn Station, and go down on the train with my brother and me, but she missed the damned train. We couldn't believe that she would miss the train. So, we said she must have gone in by car. Anyhow, we go on the train, we ran through the train and she wasn't there, we go to Newark, we called the editor. He said, 'where are you? She missed the train' as if we didn't know. So, we hop in the next train back, we run to the station master's office - she left five minutes ago to go to LaGuardia. They're going to charter a plane and fly her down. So, we grabbed a cab to go to LaGuardia. Well, by phone they had chartered a whole Eastern airliner to get her down there. We get to the airport, and the plane is just taxiing out and we couldn't get on it. So, we call the editor, he says, 'well why don't you follow her down? Hire a plane - but a little one, now.' So we hired a four engine. By that time it was too late. They got her to the train station, and she marched through town. It would have made great pictures, but I didn't get that.."

It is unfortunate that Ross did not make it to Atlantic City in time to photograph Marilyn's arrival. However, he was able to take some wonderful photographs of her at a press reception. The outfit that Marilyn chose for this occasion was the pink dress that she was to make internationally famous in "Niagara." A selection of these photographs appeared in Parade magazine that October, the issue would also feature an exclusive interview given to Sid by Marilyn.

Credit: https://www.immortalmarilyn.com/ben-ross/
Condition
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Fair. Moderate wear throughout most of the print surface, creases, corner/edge wear, retouching. 6x.5" area of heavy wear on right edge with heavy creases, tears, and emulsion loss. Prominent brown spots near center-right with signs of retouching.

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