Bride With Prayer Book
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Richard C. Miller Photographs

Richard C. Miller “Bride With Prayer Book”, (Norma Jeane Daugherty, 03-23-1946). Norma Jeane Daugherty had not yet become Marilyn Monroe. Her nickname at the time was Nonny. For this image she wore her own bridal gown from her marriage to Jim Daugherty. She also did her own make-up. The prayer book belonged to Dick’s wife and her name is clearly stamped on the cover, Margaret Dudley Miller . Taken from the author’s vintage Carbro print of 1946, the original was take with a 5x7 one shot camera on glass plates. (Richard C. Miller)
Taken by his assistant Chuck Lathrop while taking photographs of Norma Jeane (soon to be Marlyn Monroe) in 03-26-1946. (Richard C. Miller)
James Dean on location for the film “Giant” in Marfa, Texas, in 1955. © 1978 Richard C. Miller. (©1978 Richard C. Miller /
James Dean on location for the film “Giant” in 1955. © 1978 Richard C. Miller . (©1978 Richard C. Miller /
James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor at the Pardeau home in Dallas, Texas during a weekend break in filming “Giant” in 1955. © 1978 Richard C. Miller (©1978 Richard C. Miller /
James Dean on location for the film “Giant” in 1955. © 1978 Richard C. Miller. (©1978 Richard C. Miller /
An image of photographer Richard C. Miller , holding the one shot camera above the surf. One of his models is in the background of a surf mat, probably Norma Jeane Daugherty. 8x10 print dated 07-03-1947, probably shot in 1946. (Courtesy of Richard C. Miller)
“Smoking Model, May, In Tropical Dress, Lei, Mink Stole...”. Dick had agreed to let another photographer use his studio to work with this model on a commercial shoot. In exchange Dick was allowed to also photograph the model. He remembers this taking this image as pure art, having no possibility of selling this as a commercial shot. (Richard C. Miller)
“Girl In T-Shirt, Margaret Miller ", 1939. A portrait of the photographer’s wife, Margaret Dudley Miller . She was usually called Dudsie taken from her maiden name. Taken from the Carbro, tri-color print printed in 1939 from one shot camera separations. (Richard C. Miller)
“Woman In Red With Parrot”, 1944. Taken from a Carbro print. This was submitted to “Liberty” magazine and became the 1 cover of the March 19, 1944 edition. (Richard C. Miller)
“Daughter Linda At Thanksgiving Table With Turkey, Saturday Eve”. Dick shot this image of his daughter Linda as a one-shot Carbro print that was built into the final cover for the Post. Dick did this by making multiple shots and carbros of various items such as the turkey, cranberry sauce and tableware, cutting and pasting the images together and re-shooting and reprinting the final carbro. Because that image became the first photograph to displace Norman Rockwell on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, when Dick told Paul Hesse, who had tried unsuccessfully for years to sell the Post a cover, Paul said that Dick was lying, since he believed that it was impossible to sell the Post a photograph. But Dick wasn’t lying and it became a cover in 1941, launching Dickís commercial career. (Richard C. Miller)
“Daughter, Jan Miller , Asleep In High Chair”,1943-44. Dick printed this one-shot image as a carbro in1943-44, using it to submit to some long forgotten photo contest. (Richard C. Miller)
“Brett Weston On His Porch, Santa Monica, 1943.” by photgrapher Richard C. Miller . Dick (Richard ) and Brett were lifelong friends and often went on camera trips together. Dick was the only person Brett ever asked to print his work, and he printed Cibachromes of a number of Bretts 8x10 color transparencies. This shot was cropped from a landscape view. Dick printed it both was as carbro print, leaving the landscape view in reverse on the temporary transport. They are probably the only two carbro prints of Brett Weston in existence. The sculpture in the background window is Brett’s. (Richard C. Miller)
Photographer Richard C. Miller poses for photographs at his home in Calabasas, Monday, August 27, 2007. (Ann Johansson / For The Times)