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Bert Stern's Marilyn & Lindsay: Side By Side



above left, Lindsay Lohan by Bert Stern, 2008 and above right, Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern, 1962

Photographer Bert Stern may best be known as the photographer who shot Marilyn Monroe's famous last sitting, a collection of vulnerable and beautiful shots of the actress, taken at the Bel Air hotel in 1962. The photographs are arguably the most famous images ever captured of America's most famous actress. Six weeks after she had posed, Monroe was found dead of an apparent barbiturate overdose.


above: Some of Bert Stern's famous photos of Marilyn Monroe, 1962

As most anyone alive now already knows, New York Magazine's Feb 2008 issue features Lindsay Lohan recreating the shoot now known as "Marilyn's Last Sitting", again shot by photographer Bert Stern.


above: the cover of the Feb. 2008 Issue of New York Magazine with Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn
 

The shots are fabulous (Stern hasn't lost his touch in the past 46 years) and I wanted to show you them side by side because it's a great comparison.

In the following shots, the original Marilyn shots are followed by the recent Lindsay Lohan images (in case you can't tell which is which!)









Photographs by Bert Stern For New York Magazine:
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And some behind the scenes shots for you from the New York magazine shoot:





Relevant links for you:
New York Magazine's Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe
Bert Stern


Original Bert Stern photos from the Marilyn Shoot for sale here.
And here.

43 comments:

glp said...

Interesting side-by-side. But Linsay is no Marilyn Monroe, that's for certain.

aifaustus said...

glp, i second that.

Heidi Petrelli said...

The photographs themselves are impressive.
Thing is, I do not understand the reason Lindsay decided she would copy these photos.
Lindsay is almost hidden between the 'Marilyn' hair and the props.
They do not reveal her actual beauty. They could be anyone with
eyeliner and blonde hair.

Mariko said...

Agreed with glp and heidi petrelli - Marilyn Monroe has a much more expressive face than Lindsey Lohan, and she found a way to set a scene without having to expose all of her skin. I found that many of Lohan's pictures appeared cheap, because of the slightly vacant expression in her eyes and lack of expressed motion in her poses.

Kate Glenn said...

Shows that film was much more interesting as actual film and not that digital crap.

Anonymous said...

Lindsay's a pig next to marilyn...huh?

tania said...

What a waste of time. Stern should have gotten someone more arresting for a portrait sitting--or forget trying to emulate his MM shots. Lindsay Lohan's awkward body language--her shapeless body topped with her large chest--and shallow expressions is no comparison with Marilyn Monroe's soul and fluid womanliness. What a travesty!

francisco said...

Seeing them side by side, it strikes me how Lindsay looks sad and tired in every picture.

Anonymous said...

Lohan you blowhard...
for shame, Mr. Stern...for shame
you ruined your own masterpiece.

Anonymous said...

I'm sincerely disappointed. WTF.
LL is no MM. Damnit.

Anonymous said...

You people are fucking dinosaurs. Just deal with the fact that Marilyn Monroe's rather boring and static photospread was given life by a vibrant and lustful looking woman with the figure of a goddess and the pout of Page. Marilyn Monroe has been dethroned. DEAL.

Anonymous said...

Why would a photographer copy his old work, not even giving it a new twist or something... too me that is much more disappointing than Lindsay deciding to copy someone else.

Jackie said...

I find it totally disgusting. Marilyn Monroe was one of the most beautiful women ever. No one can take on what she left behind, especially Lindsay. I'm sorry, but she looks utterly ridiculous, and it bothers me to look at these futile attempts to embody someone like Marilyn Monroe.

Anonymous said...

I think both women are beautiful, and what's wrong with comparing one alcoholic, drug-addicted bomb shell with the other. While I agree with most here, MM is more sensual and far more attractive, to say LL is stale in comparison is flat out wrong. Bu t I suppose we should all be thankful of the terrible and piss poor role models these two represent. Way to support them!

Anonymous said...

Tania, you are spot on! How are they to replace someone with all charisma with someone that has no charisma at all!

Anonymous said...

just notice how marilyn's face is different in every shot - she's playful, comfortable, sassy and fun.

lindsay... well her expression never changes. she's trying too hard - and failing miserably.

Anonymous said...

The greatest travesty is that you haven't added the pics of Michael Musto as Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree that Lindsay is rather overpowered by the props in the pictures.

It is also interesting to see how childish and soft her face and hands look in comparison to Marilyn's. Where the blond wig on Lindsay overwhelms her soft features and bleaches out any chance at chiaroscuro, Marilyn's face is flattered by it, and all the planes of her excellent bone structure get an extra 'pop' from the pale hair.

Over all, Lohan doesn't look quite right with the wig, though whether that could be fixed, who knows. Great photography either way... but I feel that it was perhaps not the most flattering shoot for LL.

Anonymous said...

This is very strange but I have an actual photo of Marilyn Monroe signed by her and Bert Stern. The picture is called Marilyn (1962. It was given to me as a gift many years ago and I asked a friend of mine who is a professional interior decorator and told me it was an original piece. Marylin has a scar on her left side above her naval. My friend placed a flashlight behing the frame and sure enough a registry number was seen. Marilyn is beautiful. Lindsey Lohan can not even compare to Marilyn.

Anonymous said...

The main thing that i dislike is the fact you can clearly tell that Lindsey Lohan is just imitating. She doesnt look like she is enjoying it at all. Marylin Monroe's pictures are genuine and she looked happy.

Anonymous said...

The Pictures Are Amazing...
You People Need To Be Able To Realize Art When You See It...
You Guys Suck.

Anonymous said...

The subject makes the photos. A photographer can only capture the subject in a certain perspective. A pig doesn't become any less of a pig even after you've taken a nice picture of it.

Bert hasn't lost his touch, but Lindsey is no Marylin, that's for sure.

ImpressMekuh said...

Whoa@ High ass marilyn monroe and her pirate eye

shit. Lindsay has great boobies tho, no doubt about that

Anonymous said...

I think the photos are done with art, but.. Marilyn is Marilyn.

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Anonymous said...

Nice photos.. they are both sexy, only Marilyn is more sensual and Lindsay has her own charm also.

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Anonymous said...

Wow... Lindsay is no MM for sure. Fail.

I agree with the commenters above, LL looks cheap and fake next to MM. The difference is nearly black and white. Lindsay is a beautiful woman, sure, but she just doesn't fit in this setup at all. She just comes across as the wannabe Marilyn.

MM may be out of the picture now, but she definately hasn't been "dethroned."

Anonymous said...

I agree with many others who have written, Lindsay's expressions, especially in the eyes are .... dead. Marilyn expresses fun, sexuality and intrigue. Lindsay Lohan looks bored, very bored.

Geo said...

Gosh. Does smoking have an effect on your skin. Either that or Lohan needs a NAP.

Eric said...

In any case the photographer and his talents is the point, and he did a great job. As far as the icons in the pictures, the thing people seem to be missing is that this is what hollywood does to our young starlets. They're exploited for beauty, and we eat 'em up on their way up, and spit 'em out on their way down. What little culture our nation has is shallow, and this is what I think of as we invade other countries and then wonder why they don't want to be like us. Keep your daughters away from hollywood!

Kristen said...

No doubt that Marilyn is Marilyn and no one will ever compare. The one benifit this spread did have was re-exposing Marilyns gorgeous last shoot.

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MastreMahem said...

While Lindsey is no Marilyn, it's interesting to see two tragic Hollywood victims in similar situations. Lindsey's superhuman good looks and moderate acting skills are the opposite of Marilyn who without make up and effort was rather ordinary. It was her special acting skill that convinced the world of her beauty. She was self created and then self destroyed. Lindsey is not as creative, but perhaps just as destructive. Megan Fox is probably another false "Marilyn", and she, too, appears to be verging on disaster. Hope not...

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the rough and abrasive Lindsay has no charm or sex appeal whatsoever.
Maybe Stern picked her for that reason - so she wouldn't overpower the beauty of Marilyn.
She is a train-wreck from smoking, drinking, sun damage and plastic surgery.
Gross is an understatement.

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Anonymous said...

Everyone's entitled to their opinion. L.L., for all her difficulties is a rare natural beauty. MM is classic... LL is modern... both are tragic in their way.... Both chose to risk their unique beauty on a dangerous path... Isn't that what truly fascinates us? That's why the two together are interesting. History repeating the human penchant for living on the edge.... for placing rare and delicate things there to see if they can survive. Marilyn didn't. Lindsay might... but for what? To end up like her mother?

Shobi said...

Thats what I called a sexy post.

FEROMONAS said...

Great shots. One IS a legend the other will never be.

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kirstenkingarbonne said...

I love Marilyn! And although I was never too much of a Lohan fan they do a good job giving her a look like Marilyn. However, never will she be as beautiful or amazing as Marilyn!

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Anonymous said...

Oh Bert, what were you thinking??!!

Anonymous said...

I love Marilyn Monroe and she was absolutely gorgeous however. . .come on people she looks stoned out of her mind in most of these pics

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