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 →
"Landscape + Animals – Part 1" @ HARVEY GALLERIES MOSMAN, 26 Jun - 7 July 2020
All animals, particularly those in the wild have a different consciousness to humans. Humans observe nature, animals 'are' nature. The life and death of a wild animal is the result of their vestal obedience and implicit faith in the law of the land. With a knowledge unknown to us, and metaphysical senses and skills, animals work close with the systems and rhythms of the planet's seasons and often capricious weather. From the smallest insect to the gigantic blue whale, animals have a 'yin yang' union with mother Earth, a finely tuned balance of primal and sophisticated. Animals are noble and enlightened beings, they remind me, that just being here is a strange and deep mystery. The mind blowing truth is, the planet we all live on is permanently roaring through space at 107,000 kms per hour as we circle the sun, and at the same time, Earth is turning a full 360 degrees on it's own axis, this mighty rotation takes 24hours, and gives us night and day...When the staggering power and reality of this sinks in, nothing can ever be the same again....
I live in hope, that there will come a day when the cruelty, and needless killing of animals will stop. The failure to realise the spiritual gravity and physical importance of animals has made us sick. We have sailed into the doldrums, but our evolution voyage is far from over. Imagine if man didn't believe he had dominion over the animals. Imagine if humans and animals could live their fleeting lives in harmony with the planet, and each other. If this was so, surely our world would be a much better, and nicer place to be, deep down I have the feeling that this was the way it was intended to be...
The biggest challenge, for me when making art is to be as truthful as possible..."
– Peter Hudson
Born 1988, countryside Victoria, Sollai studied carving in Pietrasanta Italy, under the tutelage of Italy’s Artigiani. He returns to this art mecca annually to collect marble from the quarries and … 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 →
EDUCATION Studied Painting at the National Art School Prior to completing full time studying Merryn has always maintained a steady stream of casual workshops and short courses over the last … read more →