‘Secrecy’ shrouded photographer’s recreated ‘Monroe’ shoot

February 20, 2008

The restaging of Bert Stern?s 1962 Marilyn Monroe photoshoot, using actress Lindsay Lohan, was shrouded in a ?cloak of secrecy,? according to New York Magazine.

It has also emerged that Stern shot the pictures on film rather than use a digital camera and duplicated the original Monroe set, right down to the lighting he used 46 years ago.

Lohan posed nude for the shoot, which took place on 5 February at the Hotel Bel-Air in California ? the location for the photographer?s famous ?The Last Sitting? pictures of Monroe, six weeks before she died of an overdose of barbiturates. The 1962 images were published in Vogue magazine.

In his latest shoot, for New York Magazine, Stern had two photo assistants on hand and said he shot hundreds of frames during the seven-hour photo session.

The publication, which features the pictures in its 25 February issue (pictured), explained that Stern decided Lohan was the ?perfect actress for this project?.

?When he asked us if we might be interested in working with him on it, we were naturally more than enthusiastic,? states the magazine?s website.

?So was Lohan ? the 21-year-old happens to be a Monroe fanatic? we sent her Stern?s book so she could study up on the shoot.?

Lohan?s hair and makeup took two hours and she wore little more than diamonds and a scarf.

?There were three wig changes to get precisely the right shape and shade of platinum,? adds the magazine.

To view the images visit the New York Magazine website.

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