Andre de Dienes

Born in Transylvania (present-day Romania) in 1913, Andre de Dienes suffered a traumatic experience in his youth that inspired his artistic career; when he was just fifteen his mother committed suicide. After this, he left Transylvania for the distant country of Tunisia. There, he bought his first camera. 

In 1933 de Dienes moved to Paris to study art and practice photography. He worked there for the Associated Press until 1933. Parisian Couturier, Captain Molyneux, encouraged de Dienes to take up fashion photography. He then moved to New York, where he worked for Vogue, Esquire, and Life in the early 1940s. In 1945 he moved to Hollywood where he met Marilyn Monroe, and hired her for her first modeling job at age nineteen. He would continue to be involved with Monroe until 1953, producing some of the most celebrated photographs of the starlet.

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