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Publication Date: 2015-02-22

New Ryerson Image Center Photography exhibit questions glamour

As the award season comes to an end with the Academy Awards, we thought it fitting to feature a new exhibition by the Ryerson Image Center titled, Burn with Desire: Photography and Glamour and Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women. Most intriguing are the 13 images that photographer Gene Davis took of Marilyn Monroe as she arrives at the 1962 Golden Globes. In none of the pictures does Monroe look into the camera, so there's a vuoyeristic quality to these images. These never-before published pictures portray an almost eerily creepy quality... the obsession of Mr. Davis at capturing Monroe unguarded seems paramount. There's an entire section devoted to Marilyn Monroe at the beginning of the exhibition; perhaps because even 53 years after her death, Monroe still exudes an effervescent quality in photographs.

Also fun to view are Annie Lebovitz's 16 tri-fold covers which she photographed for Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood editions. Gaëlle Morel, RIC’s exhibitions curator, did the show justice in drawing on several different sources while putting together this thought-provoking show. It's on display now through April 5th.

For more information, please click on RIC's site.

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