In 1962, Marilyn Monroe and Nikon shared an epic moment in photography.
During the now-celebrated photo session with Marilyn,
ground-breaking commercial photographer Bert Stern — an avid Nikon user —
captured the Hollywood legend’s radiance like never before.
In what was to become her last portrait photo session,
Marilyn grabbed Bert’s favorite Nikon camera and adoringly posed for a sequence of images.
Perhaps her affection for Nikon shines through in those images, too.
Such cherished experiences, such iconic images,
remain forever as part of Nikon’s proud 100-year heritage.
For generations of photographers, celebrities and newsmakers around the world,
Nikon is grateful to have shared our true passion for advancing camera innovation.
Born: June 1, 1926
Los Angeles, California
Screen icon, model and cultural figure, Marilyn’s career spanned several decades, reaching the height of her fame in the 1950s. She starred in over 29 films, and always dazzled audiences with her mesmerizing presence and beauty. Marilyn’s definitive glamorous fashion and free-lifestyle approach made her an emblematic Hollywood symbol, and continues to fascinate artists, writers and musicians even today. Marilyn Monroe died at the age of 36. Yet her legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of people around the world.
The man behind the lens of Marilyn Monroe’s last portrait photo session, legendary photographer Bert Stern captured one-of-a-kind moments of the Hollywood star’s natural beauty.
Originally shot for an exclusive feature in an influential fashion magazine, the now-famous photo session occurred just six weeks before Marilyn’s untimely death.
The three-day photoshoot yielded over 2,500 never-before-seen images of
Marilyn, including several of her holding Bert’s favorite Nikon camera.
Always the consummate artist, Bert captured the beloved star at her most natural, and intimate moments.
For Bert, combining his affection for Nikon and Marilyn must have been a proud moment, as evidenced by Marilyn’s affectionate pose with his Nikon F camera. Nikon, too, was an icon of that era.
Born: October 3, 1929
Brooklyn, New York
Defining commercial photography for several decades, Bert remains among the most iconic and influential photographers of his time. He was an avid Nikon user, owning several of the brand’s professional cameras, including the Nikon F. Among his most groundbreaking commercial work is an advertising campaign image featuring an Egyptian pyramid in a desert landscape for a well-known vodka brand. Throughout his career, Bert was highly sought after for his brilliance in advertising and fashion photography, as well as for his reputation for shooting famous celebrity portraits. His iconic photo session with Marilyn Monroe, shot just six weeks before her death, became the stuff of legend. Marilyn is captured at her most candid and poignant. Bert Stern died at the age of 83 at his home in Manhattan.