Selected Works

George Barris was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his photographs of Marilyn Monroe. He was born June 14, 1922 at 24 Delancy Street, Manhattan lower east side, New York City, to Joseph and Eva Barris who were emigrants from Romania. On his sixth birthday his brother Willie bought him a box camera. Fascinated by the magic of the camera, George quickly mastered how to load film, click the camera shutter, develop the film in their home, and printing of the films negatives into the magical photos he took.

Barris had a lifelong interest in photography, and as a young man he worked for the U.S. Army’s Office of Public Relations. Many of his photographs of General Dwight D. Eisenhower were published. After the war, he became a freelance photographer and found work in Hollywood. He photographed many stars of the 1950s and 1960s, including Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and Steve McQueen.

Barris is perhaps best known for his work with Marilyn Monroe, whom he photographed in 1954 on the set of The Seven Year Itch, and in 1962 at Santa Monica beach, and in the Hollywood Hills in a series that became known as “The Last Photos.” Barris was collaborating on a book titled Marilyn: Her Life In Her Own Words at the time of her death. Barris is well known for taking the last photo of Monroe on July 13, 1962.

Barris died on September 30, 2016, at the age of 94.