Marilyn Monroe photo exhibit on display at NYC subway

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Marilyn And The Subway

A commuter inspects the Sam Shaw's photographs during the "Marilyn in New York" exhibit at the 42nd St. subway station for the B,D,F,M and 7 lines, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 in New York. The exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's “Arts for Transit” program. The show opened Thursday and will be up for a year. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — A famous image of Marilyn Monroe with her skirt billowing atop a New York City subway grate is on display in a picture-perfect spot: outside the Times Square subway station.

The supersized version of Sam Shaw’s well-known picture is part of an exhibit. The exhibit also features eight of Shaw’s other Monroe pictures, on view inside the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station on the B, D, F, M and 7 lines.

The show opened Thursday. It’ll be up for a year.

Shaw shot the subway grate photo for the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch.” He took the other pictures in 1957.

The exhibit is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program. Manager Lester Burg says matching a mass transit setting with a popular figure from mass culture seemed a good fit.

RYOT NOTE: Great art should not be limited to expensive museums, so we’re a huge fan of public displays like this one. Photography should be appreciated and these photos will get lots of love from subway riders. The World Lens Foundation is also helping to bring photography to the world by providing kids with cameras and instruction. They also help these students share their work with one another and the world. You can support their efforts by donating today, or by sharing this story.

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