Born in Romania, André De Dienes arrived in Paris in 1933, making a living of selling photographs to publishing houses. He worked for The Associated Press until 1936 when the famous Parisian couturier, Edward Molyneux, encouraged De Dienes to become a fashion photographer.
In 1938, De Dienes emigrated to New York where he worked for Esquire, Vogue, Life and Montgomery Ward. In 1944, frustrated with the restrictions of fashion photography, De Dienes moved to Hollywood to pursue his real passion of photographing nudes. De Dienes objective was to see beauty in nature and in an effort to make his photographs as true to life, he never retouched them.
He freelanced for the film studios and photographed many stars including Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Ingrid Bergman and Ronald Reagan and rapidly became known as one of the top glamour photographers. Articles documenting his pioneering darkroom techniques in photo montage appeared in U.S. Camera, Figure Quarterly and many more.
De Dienes’ association with Marilyn Monroe began in 1945 when he hired her for her first modelling job at age nineteen. A five week road trip photographing the young Norma Jean across California, Nevada and New Mexico led to a love affair and numerous international magazine covers. Their working relationship continued until 1953.
Today, De Dienes’ images of Monroe are considered be the best studies ever taken of her.
André De Dienes’ work on nudes have generated twenty-four books published in the US, England and Germany. Marilyn Mon Amour was published in 1985 by St. Martin’s Press, and Marilyn in 2002 by Taschen.
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Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery cordially invites you to ‘Diamonds and Champagne’, the launch of Marilyn – The 90th Birthday Touring Exhibition. On display includes work by George Barris, Bert Stern, … read more →
Johnny Romeo "To the Extreme" @ HARVEY GALLERIES MOSMAN, 6 - 15 December 2019
‘Drawing its title from Vanilla Ice’s 1989 debut album of the same name, TO THE EXTREME ramps up everything that we have come to expect from Romeo’s inimitable Kitsch Pop style and pushes it to the next level. Colours leap from the canvass with the visual impact of a sun-kissed sucker punch, as the artist masterfully plunders and re-appropriates iconic imagery from Pop culture and art history to create dazzling works that speak to the absurdity of our contemporary experience. Romeo takes his penchant for witty irreverence and tongue-in-cheek humour to joyously absurd peaks, as he creates a no-holds barred Technicolour block party where eccentric artistic geniuses, jazz songbirds and rockstar felines prance and prowl through the dance floor of Pop culture.’
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