The terrific blog, Politics, Theory & Photography, alerted me to a new book on Inge Morath. The Road to Reno promises to be one of the most exciting releases of the year. The book is comprised of pictures that Morath took while she and Henri Cartier-Bresson made an eighteen-day road trip from New York to Reno to shoot on the set of The Misfits.
Along with her pictures, the book will include Morath’s notes that were “written each night at the table in a motel room that was always in a different place but always looked the same.”
Here is the note that accompanies the picture above:
Natural Bridge, near Lexington, Virginia
The road is wide and the cubicle architecture of the drive-ins and the motels is monotonous but clean and quite friendly.
There is a great quietness, the road sinks under trees and the trees undulate into faraway hills and the mountains and valleys. Before Roanoke even starts there are two miles of motel land that are tempting, cubicles. The town is not much and Henri has to have the finder he smashed in the car door cut open in the hospital so we watch Governor Rockefeller say things about the election in the emergency waiting room until a nurse in a lovely bonnet takes him away.
In the evening, in the restaurant, very clean and waxcloth on tables, a very friendly girl, ketchup and A1 sauce, I order a cube steak. I have illusions of a big piece of meat, something huge. When it is put in front of me it turns out to be another hamburger.
Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller ©Inge Morath/Magnum photos
While shooting the Misfits, Morath made memorable pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. The two were married at the time, but the marriage was breaking apart. John Huston, the director of the The Misfits, wrote about the couple in his memoir, An Open Book, (1980):
One evening I was about to drive away from the location – miles out in the desert – when I saw Arthur standing alone. Marilyn and her friends hadn’t offered him a ride back; they’d just left him. If I hadn’t happened to see him, he would have been stranded out there. My sympathies were more and more with him.
Morath’s sympathies were also with Miller. She married him in 1962.
Inge Morath and Arthur Miller at their home, Roxbury, Conneticut, 1962. ©Dennis Stock/Magnum Photos.