Magnum’s ‘Misfit’ Marilyn in Berlin

Magnum photographer Inge Morath captured a melancholy image of Marilyn and Arthur Miller in their suite at the Mapes Hotel in Reno, Nevada during filming of The Misfits in 1960. The couple would separate shortly afterwards, and in a strange twist of fate, Inge met Arthur again several months later, and became his third wife. This photo features in Magnum Photos: The Misfits, opening at the Helmut Newton Foundation on September 2, as Rosalba Radica reports for Fashion Press.

“With The Misfits, we look back to an important era of major film productions. Arthur Miller’s play was filmed by John Huston in 1960 with a star-studded cast, and nearly all of the Magnum members took photographs on its set in Reno. This was the first and only such occasion with this combination of participants. We see Marilyn concentrating on her lines in a shot by Inge Morath, Montgomery Clift in the rear of a car, photographed by Dennis Stock, and the famous group shot with the actors and actresses flanked by the director and writer, photographed by Elliott Erwitt. In addition, the exhibition brings together photographs from the film set by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Cornell Capa, Ernst Haas, and Erich Hartmann – in short, a who’s who of the history of photography at that time.

The Magnum members make us posthumous witnesses to the making of a Hollywood classic while remaining almost invisible during their work. This marks a shift from the staged star photos of earlier times, carried out on behalf of the major film studios, which we encounter in the HOLLYWOOD exhibition on the upper floor, and a decisive development in the visualization of cinema.

With the presentation The Misfits, the Helmut Newton Foundation celebrates the 75th anniversary of the photo agency Magnum Photos. As part of BERLIN PHOTO WEEK, numerous other events with members of the legendary cooperative will also take place in Berlin.”

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