Bert Stern (American, 1929–2013) was considered to be one of the most important photographers of fashion and celebrities. Working as a messenger and mail clerk at Look magazine in 1947, Stern studied art books at the library, and visited the Museum of Modern Art. When he was drafted during the Korean War, Stern photographed the troops'' ships heading to Japan. Upon his return to the United States, Stern explored advertising photography, and achieved success with his work for Smirnoff Vodka, including one of his most famous images: A Giza pyramid reflected upside down in a martini glass.

Stern went on to photograph for Vogue, and married dancer Allegra Kent. His best-known work may be The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs of Marilyn Monroe, shot over three days—just six weeks before she died—and published in Vogue. He also directed the documentary film Jazz on a Summer´s Day, in addition to creating the still photography for Stanley Kubrick’s film version of Lolita. He photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Drew Barrymore, among others, in addition to his work for advertising and travel publications. Stern''s photography has been exhibited all over the world, including Tokyo, London, and New York. Notable exhibitions of his work include I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe, shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, and in 2006, The Last Sitting opened at the small Musée Maillol in Paris.

Timeline

1929
Born in Brooklyn, USA
1946–1948
Assistant to Hershel Bramson, the art director for Look magazine
1949–1951
Art director for Mayfair magazine
1954
Editor for Fashion and Travel magazine
1954
Opened his first studio in New York
1971–1975
Lived in Spain
Lives and works in New York, USA

Exhibitions

2010
Bert Stern and I, Chady Art Gallery, Miami, USA
2007
Stern in Stern, Staley - Wise, New York, USA
Iknonen der Leinwand, Ernst Barlach Museum, Wedel, Germany
2006
Der Pirelli-Kalender: Provokation und Mythos, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA
2005
I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, USA
Superstars: Das Prinzip Prominenz, Von Warhol bis Madonna, Kunsthalle Wien (Halle 1, Halle 2), Vienna, Austria
2004
Das Wunder Mensch/Parameter of Life, Museum Moderner Kunst-Stiftung Wörlen, Passau, Germany
Marilyn: From Anastasi to Weegee, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
2002
Buds, Blooms & Blossoms, Staley • Wise, New York, USA
Bert Stern-Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Marylin Marylin, LEVY, Hamburg, Germany
2001
Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting. Fotos von Bert Stern, Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
2000
Marilyn Monroe: 36 Fotografien, Thomas Ladengalerie, Munich, Germany
1999
Bert Stern-Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting, Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany