<Please love me> is the Marilyn project: a ghost story by photographer John Stoddart. Having spent most of his career photographing the world’s top in-crowd, John came to the conclusion that too often, fame has a darker side...
<Please love me> reflects on such disillusion, epitomized in the character of Marilyn Monroe.
"I have been haunted by a photograph of Marilyn Monroe from the first moment I saw it...
It was taken by Richard Avedon in New York in May 1957.
As a photographer myself, I just know that moment Avedon saw it present itself to him, probably reloading his Rolleiflex camera, she is just standing there, waiting, the session is almost over.
What was in her mind, what are her thoughts, what sadness had overcome her?
What is “fame” now? I have spent years photographing famous people, and I’ve seen the dark side of fame.. whatever that is?
I once said in an interview “I photograph rich, famous, unhappy people”.
I made a mask of Marilyn, found a muse, and so begins my ghost story of a bygone fame...
Marilin, overwhelmed with sadness, would anyone care today?
The series is photographed on film, with the same camera Avedon used: a twin lens Rolleiflex.