Photography

Stern, Bert (1929 - 2013)

After leaving high school at sixteen, Bert Stern works at the postal department of Look magazine where he meets Stanley Kubrick for whom he would later serve as a set photographer for the film, Lolita. In 1955, he is engaged as a photographer for an advertising campaign for Smirnoff vodkas and thanks to his shot of the a glass in front of Gizeh’s pyramid, his career as ‘the original Mad man’ is launched. During the 1960s, he is a fashion and celebrity photographer for Vogue while he admits that ‘women and photography are two passions, by becoming a photographer for Vogue, I got the chance to combine both passions.’ From Elizabeth Taylor to Audrey Courrèges’ designs as well as Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, his images are insolent, dynamic and natural while they reflect the freedom and youthful explosion of the era, perfectly illustrated by Veruschka and David Bailey’s double portrait mimicking one of Bert Stern’s favorite shooting techniques. On the 21st June 1962, Vogue asks him to meet Marilyn Monroe at the Bel Air Hotel where the actress plays with her nudity, veils, scarves, paper flowers or pearls as she entirely delivers herself to the camera, relaxed and joyful. Thrilled by the images, Vogue sends Bert Stern for another session, three days later, for black and white pictures this time, and thus collide illustrations of Marilyn Monroe’s nude sensuous body shimmering behind a sparkling veil and the same body covered with elegant garments, adorned with pearl necklaces and a brunette wig like a cruel and ironic incarnation of her rival, Jackie Kennedy. Such legendary photographs that the American photographer will recreate the chiffon roses scene with Sophie Dahl in 2002. And within the 2751 striking images of Marilyn Monroe, the frontal nudes heavily marked by a red cross by the actress refusing to see them published, vibrate as incongruous manifestation of the cruel destiny awaiting for her a few weeks later and that will turn their encounter into the Last Session.
 

Bert Stern, Elizabeth Taylor, 1962
Bert Stern, Elizabeth Taylor, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on Boat, 1962
Bert Stern, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on Boat, 1962
Bert Stern, David Bailey and Veruschka for Vogue, 1961
Bert Stern, David Bailey and Veruschka for Vogue, 1961
Bert Stern, Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy for Vogue, Paris, 1966
Bert Stern, Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy for Vogue, Paris, 1966
Bert Stern, Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy for Vogue, Paris, 1966
Bert Stern, Audrey Hepburn dressed in Givenchy for Vogue, Paris, 1966
Bert Stern, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer for Vogue, Paris, May 1963
Bert Stern, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer for Vogue, Paris, May 1963
Bert Stern, Allegra Kent and Eddie Viella, 1966
Bert Stern, Allegra Kent and Eddie Viella, 1966
Bert Stern, Kenneth and Monique Chevalier, Vogue, 1962
Bert Stern, Kenneth and Monique Chevalier, Vogue, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Courrèges for Vogue, 1967
Bert Stern, Courrèges for Vogue, 1967
Bert Stern, Twiggy for Vogue, 1967
Bert Stern, Twiggy for Vogue, 1967
Bert Stern, Brigitte Bardot, 1960
Bert Stern, Brigitte Bardot, 1960
Bert Stern, Twiggy for Vogue, 1967
Bert Stern, Twiggy for Vogue, 1967
Bert Stern, Barbra Streisand, 1966
Bert Stern, Barbra Streisand, 1966
Bert Stern, Buster Keaton for Smirnoff, 1958
Bert Stern, Buster Keaton for Smirnoff, 1958
Bert Stern, Goldie Hawn, 1965
Bert Stern, Goldie Hawn, 1965
Bert Stern, Louis Armstrong, 1958
Bert Stern, Louis Armstrong, 1958
Bert Stern, Madonna for Vanity Fair, 1987
Bert Stern, Madonna for Vanity Fair, 1987
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marlon Brando, 1961
Bert Stern, Marlon Brando, 1961
Bert Stern, Shirley MacLaine
Bert Stern, Shirley MacLaine "Ye Old Esquire Almanack", 1960
Bert Stern, Sophia Loren for Vogue, 1962
Bert Stern, Sophia Loren for Vogue, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita for Look Magazine, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Self-portrait with Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Self-portrait with Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Catherine Deneuve, NY, 1961
Bert Stern, Catherine Deneuve, NY, 1961
Bert Stern, Kate Moss for Vogue, Paris, 2000
Bert Stern, Kate Moss for Vogue, Paris, 2000
Bert Stern, Kate Moss for Vogue, Paris, 2000
Bert Stern, Kate Moss for Vogue, Paris, 2000
Bert Stern, Natalie Wood, 1964
Bert Stern, Natalie Wood, 1964
Bert Stern, Sophia Lauren for Vogue, 1962
Bert Stern, Sophia Lauren for Vogue, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, The Last Sitting, 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe - Rhythm (from The Last Sitting for Vogue), 1962
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe - Rhythm (from The Last Sitting for Vogue), 1962
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