Bert Stern

American, 1929 - 2013
Bert Stern was an American photographer best known for his iconic images of celebrities and fashion. He was born on October 3, 1929, in New York City, and grew up in Brooklyn. Stern began his career as a mailroom assistant at Look magazine before working his way up to become an art director. In 1955, he established his own photography studio and quickly gained recognition for his innovative approach to commercial photography.
One of Stern's most famous works is his series of photographs known as "The Last Sitting," which featured the actress Marilyn Monroe. Taken in 1962, just six weeks before Monroe's death, these images captured her vulnerability and sensuality, and have since become iconic representations of the actress.
Throughout his career, Stern worked with numerous high-profile clients and magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Esquire. His distinctive style blended fashion, celebrity, and artistic sensibilities, and he was known for his ability to capture the essence of his subjects.
In addition to his fashion and celebrity photography, Stern also worked in advertising, creating memorable campaigns for brands such as Smirnoff, Revlon, and Volkswagen.
 Bert Stern's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and he received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the field of photography. He continued to work well into his later years and passed away on June 26, 2013, leaving behind a lasting legacy as one of the great photographers of his time.
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