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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Johnny Romeo "The Sunny Side of the Moon" @ HARVEY GALLERIES MOSMAN, 4 - 15 December 2020
“It goes without saying that the Corona pandemic has had an immense impact on all our lives. The lockdowns, coupled with the uncertainty of when life will return to ‘normal’, has created a general sense of isolation, anxiety, and hopelessness amongst people. Reflecting on my own experiences during pandemic life, I was motivated to create a body of work that tapped into our collective sense of hope and acted as a reminder to embrace life even in its dark moments. The things that I have always admired about Pop culture – its wide-eyed sense of escapism, its larger-than-life nature, and its ability to dream big – took on a much more profound meaning in light of the Corona crisis. In my latest series, THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOON, I really wanted to push the slick, Pop elements of my artmaking practice to the fore, and use Pop Art and humour as a way to make sense of a world where the Absurd has become the norm. Much like life in 2020, there is a healthy dose of the Surreal that courses through each painting in the series. More importantly, however, there is an undeniable sense of resilience and positivity that underpins each work, as I depict Pop culture striving to find meaning and purpose in the unfamiliar, scrambling through the dark in search of the sunny side of the moon.”
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