Date of death : September 30, 2016, Thousand Oaks, California.
Profession : photographer
* during his childhood : 24 Delancy Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan.
*1940 : 250 Macombs Road, Bronx
*1980s : 56 Boulevard Aristide Briand, Soisy sous France, France ().
His parents, Joseph and Eva Barris, were immigrants from Romania.
For his 6th birthday, his brother Willie offered him a camera, which was the beginning of his passion.
He used to bring his camera to school, taking pictures of interesting people and places.
As a teenager, he realized that his pictures allowed him for earning
money. He was requested by his friends and their families, but also by
the local Churche's pastors. He realized he wanted to be a professional
He wanted to travel, meet interesting people and go all over the world.
He finally sent his pictures to newspapers and magazines editors who liked it.
During WWII, he joined the Army and became official photographer from 1942 to 1945.
He was chosen to cover the celebration of General Eisenhower's
victorious come back. He made an album of this event which was
dedicated by the General.
He soon obtained his first mission from a magazine which belonged to Parade. His work was much appreciated and he soon was requested by other magazines. He started to travel through the USA and Canada.
He made a special issue for Cosmopolitan
magazine in Florida. He covered the coal strikes in West Virginia,
events, and took pictures of celebrities and movie stars such as
,), Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor,
Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, especially for Life magazine.
After Marilyn's tragic death, he settled in Paris where he lived during
20 years. He went back to the USA with his wife Carla and 2 daughters
Caroline and Stephanie. He lived his last years in California.
Some of his pictures were published in 1973 in Norman Mailer's biography, and much more in the one he wrote with Gloria Steinem in 1986 ("Marilyn Norma Jeane").
In 1995 he published "Her Life in Her Own Words"
which text is composed with notes written after their picture sessions.
Those notes were intended to be published in an autobiography they
planned to write together, of which Marilyn sait it would "clear things