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  Milton H Greene

During the 1940s and through to the 1960s, Milton H. Greene photographed Hollywood and many of it's stars such as Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Marlene Dietrich, Sammy Davis Jr., James Stewart, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock, Lauren Bacall, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others.

Greene, however, is most famous for his compelling images of good friend Marilyn Monroe. During the mid-1950's Marilyn Monroe lived with Milton H. Greene and his family at their farmhouse in Connecticut. During this time, he captured some of the most beautiful, comfortable and intriguing images of her. Milton's son Joshua was about seven years old at the time; today he says his father photographed Marilyn 52 times during his lifetime and the "Marilyn Collection" comprises of over 4000 images.

Milton H. Greene died in 1985. For decades his life-time of work sat in storage because the film was deteriorating and was considered unprintable. Unbeknownst to Greene and other photographers of that era, the professional Ektachrome E-2 and E-3 film used to capture images proved to be unstable. In 1992, Milton's eldest son Joshua discovered that the images could be digitally restored. Joshua Greene met Mac Holbert, co-founder of Nash Editions in California, who showed him how to scan the photographs into the computer, clean them up and bring them back to life.
In 1995, a truck emptied 14,000 pounds of mildewed papers and file cabinets filled with faded vintage photographs and deteriorating film to Joshua Greene's office in Oregon. To date, Joshua has restored approximately 400 rarely seen and never seen before images of Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood greats.
The restoration work is tedious, requiring a minimum of 20 hours of work per image. Using dual processing Apple computers, The Milton H. Greene Archives, Inc. manipulates large files, hand-finishing each image pixel by pixel to recapture, enhance, rebuild, alter, and ultimately breathe life back into photographs. The Archives have been heavily involved in the beta-testing of Hewlett Packard's newest Designjet printer and UV inks. The resulting images are projected to have a life span of over 200 years.
The Benham Gallery has available a limited number of prints by Milton H. Greene. We believe art is best sold on a one-to-one basis and will generally provide any reasonable information about the arist, including the artist's resume, background, and the availability of books and prints for sale. The Benham Gallery accepts most major payment types and transactions can be carried out by e-mail, phone, mail, or better yet - by stopping by in person so we can familiarize you with the the work. The pictures on this site are no match compared to seeing the real thing in person.


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