Later, Eddy discovered another slide of Monroe, lying nude on a bed of white sheets, her smiling face half out of frame. It is almost certainly an outtake from the "Last Sitting."
Stern has offered to make prints for Eddy of whatever she wants, but she will still be left with a volume of negatives with no indication of who created them.
For Eddy, who studied cultural anthropology and creative writing at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire before moving to New York in 2004, stories like this gave the trove a different kind of value.
"I'm really interested in hearing about the history of these photos," she said earnestly. "I feel like I came across something very special, not just to myself, but to the person who created them, and to maybe anybody else who might have a chance to see them as well."
Eddy remains a struggling artist, working in clay, illustration, metal casting, wood and stop-motion animation. Recently, a class called Extreme Paper Mache that she teaches at Brooklyn multidisciplinary art and workspace 3rd Ward was featured on Bravo Network's "Watch What Happens Live."
When asked what she may do with the rest of the slides if she can't identify the original photographers, she said, "Oh, I'm probably going to use them in some big art project of some kind."
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