marilyn monroe and arthur miller photographed by sam shaw in september, 1957.
shaw photographed monroe throughout her career and became a confidant during the upheaval of her celebrity, marriages, divorces and alienation from the studios. shaw encouraged the actress to shed the layers of makeup she wore like so much armor, reassuring her that without it she was still one of the world’s most beautiful women. “she really looked at sam as part of her family — he was the kind of person who was always there, like an italian mother, with a pot of coffee brewing,” lorie karnath (one of shaw’s collaborators) says. [*]