One of the legendary figures in contemporary photography, Bert Stern personified the commercial photographer of the 1960s. Hugely successful in the world of fashion and advertising photography, in the late 60s he operated a studio, not unlike Andy Warhol’s Factory, from which he created countless award-winning ads, editorial features, magazine covers, films and portraits. His name is firmly associated with the golden age of advertising and many of his images are classics. He was one of the original Madmen.
His portraits of stars range from Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn to the spellbinding 1962 “last sitting” photographs of Marilyn Monroe, and form a gallery of the most beautiful women of our time. In the 1960s, he became the American prototype of the fashion photographer as media star, and his pictures of models from Twiggy to Iman have become icons to a new generation of photographers.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1929 to Jewish immigrant parents, Bert dropped out of school age 16 and taught himself photography. His first job was an assistant art director on Look magazine, before becoming art director at Mayfair magazine in 1949. He opened his first studio in 1954 and set about pioneering the modern advertising photograph.
Bert Stern died in June 2013 in New York.