Lawrence Schiller: America in the Sixties

3 September - 17 October 2020

American photographer Lawrence Schiller is considered one of the most important visual chroniclers of the 1960s in America.

The award-winning photographer Lawrence Schiller, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1936, is considered one of the most important visual chroniclers of the 1960s in America. He photographed not only the most influential personalities, but also some of the most historic events of the era. For example, he documented the presidential election campaign between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy and, on election night, the defeat of Nixon. He was there when John F. Kennedy's alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald himself became the victim of an assassination attempt. He documented the Watts riots in Los Angeles, photographed Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali and accompanied Robert Kennedy on his campaign for the presidential election shortly before his death.
However, he became famous for his photographs of Marilyn Monroe in the swimming pool on the set of her last film Something's Got to Give in 1962. As so often in his career, Schiller, who was only 26 years old at the time, was in the right place at the right time.
In addition to his work as a freelance photographer for the most renowned magazines of the time such as Time, LIFE or Paris Match, Schiller also worked successfully as a producer and director; his films and series were awarded a total of six Emmys and one Oscar.