Richard Miller

b.1912 - d.2010

Richard C. Miller covered the entertainment industry as a freelancer, photographing the making of more than 70 movies over the course of his career. He is best known for his skill in using the Carbro printing process and his photographs of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.

In March and April of 1946 he first photographed Norma Jean, at the time just a young model provided by the Blue Book Modelling Agency. One of these images resulted in the cover for an issue of True Romance. They later worked together again on the set of Some Like It Hot, for which he was the still photographer.

In 1955, he was on the set covering what would turn out to be James Dean's final movie, Giant. Miller shows us an unassuming Dean in his photos. He and the actor bonded over their love for Porsche automobiles, a friendship cut short by Dean's death in his beloved roadster later in the year.

Over the course of his career, his work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Time, LIFE, American Weekly and Colliers among others. In 2009, The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles hosted an exhibition of his work and retained some pieces in their permanent collection.

Nearly two-dozen photographs from his archive were featured in our exhibition: Marilyn Monroe & James Dean “Forever Young”, February 2009.