One of those fellows, Hospitalman 2nd class David Geary, a navy medic, brought his new Argus camera to a concert. As Geary hunted for a seat, someone spotted his Red Cross armband. "Suddenly a voice says, 'Hey doc, c'mere,' and I ended up in the second row, with a beautiful angle onto the stage." Though many photographs of this concert survive, this view is suprisingly rare, for Geary was not a professional photographer or a journalist. His portraits allow us to see Monroe through the eyes of everyday people who made her feel like a star.
Dave Geary knew his work was important. "One day I asked the guys, 'What can I do with these pictures?' They said 'Send them to the Smithsonian Institute [sic]!' 'Oh boy! I never thought of that!'" A few months and many telephone calls later, Geary generously donated nine 35-mm transparencies to the National Portrait Gallery