Date of birth : June 14, 1922, New York.
Date of death : September 30, 2016, Thousand Oaks, California.
-in his childhood : 24 Delancy Street, Lower East Side of Manhattan.
His parents, Joseph and Eva Barris were immigrants from Romania.
On his sixth birthday, his brother Willie bought him a box camera. Everything's began with this camera. He used to bring it to school, taking pictures of people and interesting places. As a teenager, he realized his pictures were a way of making money, as friends and their families paid him to take their pictures. The local Church's pastors had him take their photos. He became known as the kid with a camera. He realized that he wanted to be a professionnal photographer. It would be away to travel, meet interesting people and see the world. Taking pictures of local events and happenings, he took his photos to editors of the newspapers and magazines that liked his photos. They encouraged him and told him the best way to get assignments was to come-up with ideas for picture stories.
When World War II broke out, he entered military service and was an official army photographer from 1942 to 1945. He was assigned to cover General Eisenhower's victory homecoming celebration. He created an album of the events. He received a special album autographed by General Eisenhower.
He got his first assignment from a magazine that was part of a newspaper called "Parade". The editors liked his work and soon other magazines asked him for his story-photos suggestions. Editors soon became his friends and his story ideas became a way of life. He traveled USA, Canada, overseas.
He created a special interest all Florida Issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. He covered coal strikes in West Virginia and Pittsburgh, sports events, famous film stars and movie stars such as Steve McQueen, Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe for Life Magazine.
He first met and photographed Marilyn in 1954 in New York where she was on location for the film "The Seven
Year Itch" (), where they became friends.
June 1st, 1962, he attended Marilyn's birthday on the set of "Something's Got to Give"
He was one of the last photographer to take Marilyn in pictures, between June 29 and July 1, 1962.
With Agnès Flanagan
With Whitey Snyder
Sunday 1st, July, last day of the session, last pictures. It took place at the Santa Monica beach, near the Lawford's house.
With the Mexican cardigan ,,, (more pics here).
With a white bathrobe
Those pictures first should be published in Cosmopolitan magazine.
There is also an amateur video showing Barris and Marilyn on the beach,where she's frolicking, wrapped in a green towel :
Some of those pictures were published in 1973 in Norman Mailer's biography, and most of them in the book he wrote with Gloria Steinem in 1986 (« Marilyn Norma Jeane » : New York, Henry Holt and co, 1986).
In 1995, he published « Marilyn : her life in her own words » (New York, Henry Holt and co, 1995), whose text is composed of notes jotted after the picture sessions. Those notes should have provoked an autobiography they had planned to write together.