Bert Stern was born in New York in 1929. He developed a passion for photography at a very young age and decided to study all the secrets of this enchanting world on his own. Soon after taking up a self taught photography course, Stern became extremely professional at the art of photography that in 1946 he was assigned the role of assistant to art director Hershel Bramson at Look magazine. In 1949 he proceeded further along in his career by becoming art direct at Mayfair magazine, which he worked for almost 3 years, before he decided to move on and joining Bramson in a whole new exciting project. In fact, the two art directors worked together at L.C. Gumbiner advertising agency, where they basically had the ability to create the modern and well-known advertising photograph.
BERT STERN’S PHOTOGRAPHY
Bert Stern started his incredible career in the photography and advertising industry in the 1950s during which he saw his fame skyrocket after he shot an ad campaign for Smirnoff Vodka, which represents a pyramid in Giza, Egypt photographed at daybreak with a V shaped glass full of vodka set in the front of a Great Pyramid which sits in the background. This campaign shot young Stern to unprecedented fame both in the advertising industry and in the fashion world. He became known as the fashion icons’ trusted and beloved photographer, admired by most fellow co-workers and loved by many of the subjects he shot.
THE LAST SITTING
Throughout his career, Bert Stern shot high profile people such as Elisabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Iman to name a few. However, his most intense and artful project was shooting famous and beautiful actress Marilyn Monroe. In 1962, Stern was commissioned by Vogue to shoot 2,500 pictures of Marilyn Monroe. Even if the actress was several hours late to the first of the three sessions of the photo shoot, Stern made sure to let her find 1952 Dom Perignon, music of Frank Sinatra in the background and of course clothes sent by Vogue. Stern remembers the shoot as the most intense and passionate of his career as he, like many other men at that time, was madly in love with Monroe. Stern published a book titled The Last Sitting in 1982 full of pictures from this photo shoot, including the ones Marilyn Monroe had decided not to keep. The title is due to the sudden death of the actress only 6 weeks after Stern immortalized her with in his photos.
Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery cordially invites you to ‘Diamonds and Champagne’, the launch of Marilyn – The 90th Birthday Touring Exhibition. On display includes work by George Barris, Bert Stern, … read more →
Datsun Tran "Maslow's Flowers" @ HARVEY GALLERIES, 23 November - 2 December, 2018
Adaptation, conflict and cooperation are themes I’ve explored through my work in recent years. Usually when I scratch the surface in a new area of interest, I find the same adeptness to adaptation that is in us, is often key to flourishing on this planet. And while the majority of my work draws from the natural world, I’ve never explored the floral side before.
In researching for this show, my appreciation for flowers grew as I quickly found that they are not just pretty things to have in the background, but rather at the forefront of adaptation. They have a level of power that I never recognised before, appealing to us in each stage of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
From the flowers of the Fertile Crescent, which fed and clothed us, to beautifying our nests, attracting a mate, or for respect, and even inspiring us in art. Flowers have inserted themselves into every aspect of our lives, thus insuring their survival.
So in this world where animals are increasingly put on endangered lists, flowers are a section of a chain that if broken, will cause chaos. And if the past is a guide for the future, the continuation of humans on this planet is going to be inextricably linked to the survival of flowers.
Tasmanian artist Amanda Parer’s edgy and ephemeral paintings explore the natural world and its fragility, with startlingly beautiful creatures enlarged and frozen against their chosen habitat. When viewing one of … read more →
BORN 1959 Melbourne, Australia STUDIES University of Valencia, Spain, Masters Degree. Official Postgraduate Degree in Science and Conservation Cultural Property. (specialising in Easel Painting) Attestato de Qualifica Professionale de … read more →
BORN 1959 REGION Angus Downs LANGUAGE Pitjantjatjara Jorna Newberry is a Pitjantjatjara artist who was born around 1959 in Angus Downs. She currently splits her time between Alice Springs, where … read more →
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