Milton H. Greene

The name and reputation of Milton H. Greene as a significant art photographer of the 20th century is widely known throughout the world.  Milton was someone who was in the limelight and whose work generated interest and fame in the midst of many worlds that were connected through the lens of his camera.

Milton’s photography traced the passage of an era through the world of Hollywood and fashion. The pages of Look, Life, Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue, were filled with his classic fashion photographs and unforgettable portraits of our beloved artists, musicians, film, television, and theatrical celebrities which have become legendary.

The range of Milton’s subjects include such luminaries as Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Andy Warhol, Joe Eula, Bette Davis, John F. Kennedy, Salvador Dali, Alberto Giacometti, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Avedon, Noguchi, Norman Norell, Keith Richards, Queen Elizabeth, Frank Sinatra, as well as many others.

It was Milton´s ability as a director that enabled him to capture the qualities that best personified the real person, making each of his pictures an eloquent, unique statement as he converted his remarkable vision into compelling photographic art. Milton believed that as an artist/photographer he wanted to capture people´s beauty, which was in the heart and to show people in an elegant and natural way. His gifts were in creating rapport in which to allow yourself to be seen, as well as his flawless timing.


© Milton H. Greene


The story behind the image..

June 1,1952, NYC Studio- A combination of Marlene's feline prowess and Milton's one light style created many striking photographs in this session taken on June 1st 1952 at his New York City Studio. Seated on a Noguchi couch with Ferragamo shoes in Milton’s Studio, Marlene displays her extraordinary legs. This image, one of Milton's most recognized, was selected by “LIFE” in 1997 as part of the most 100 most important images of the 20th century. Then in 2000 it was inducted into the permanent collection of the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris.