Iconic photographer visiting John Abbott Friday
George Zimbel event open to public
Photographers and history buffs alike will not want to miss a visit to John Abbott College Friday by a Montreal-based photographer who has photographed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, and more.
George Zimbel, a U.S.-born photographer who has lived in Montreal for more than 40 years, will visit the Ste. Anne de Bellevue campus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 30th, in order to give a presentation titled: I love words, I love pictures…I read them both.
The renowned photographer will also discuss his newest book, A Book of Readers, (Les éditions du Passage, 2011,) a book featuring a collection of black and white photographs of people reading.
On his website, Zimbel, also a gifted storyteller, writes of the Sept. 11th, 1954 evening when, as a 25-year-old freelance photographer, he was among 20 other photographers gathered at the corner of Lexington Ave. in New York City to photograph Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell as they acted out a scene from the movie The Seven Year Itch.
Called ‘one of the most successful publicity stunts ever staged,’ the reenactment included the iconic moment when Monroe’s famous white dress blew up as she walked across a subway air vent.
Like a snapshot from the past, Zimbel’s story is a fascinating first-person account: ‘Ewell with his felt hat and baggy suit and Marilyn in her white dress sauntering down Lexington Avenue past the theater marquee advertising the 3-D movie « Monster from the Deep ». They walk over the grating and her dress starts to rise. It rises very, very high and we can’t believe it. Remember this is 1954. I am sure a lot of shots were missed first time around, but there were many more opportunities as the scene evolved, getting just the right height of the dress from the special effects crew operating the fans.’
For reasons he cannot recall, Zimbel did not use the images he shot that night until a January 2000 retrospective in Valencia, Spain. His negatives survived a 1966 darkroom fire, and his 1971 move to Montreal.
Zimbel’s photographic collections span more than 70 years. Montreal-based Shoot Studio will be on location to document and film Zimbel’s appearance, which is open to the public. For tickets or information contact John Abbott’s Information and Library Technologies department by email at: email@example.com. John Abbott College is located at 21275 Lakeshore in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. The presentation will take place in Penfield-204.
Iconic photographer George Zimbel will speak at a public event Friday at John Abbott College. Zimbel once photographed Marilyn Monroe.