Bert Stern is credited with creating some of the most iconic images of the 1960s and the modern, pop-culture persona of the photographer. In addition to photographing the most beautiful women of his time, Bert Stern worked in the advertising and travel world and he worked a little with movies. Stern directed the documentary, Jazz on a Summer’s Day, which the United States Library of Congress called “culturally significant” and which was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Sadly, I believe the persona and unique talent of Bert Stern to be overshadowed by his most famous photographs, “The Last Sitting,” of Marilyn Monroe. It is a conundrum, that his most well-known work also causes his other work to be lost in the books of history. Luckily, he is still alive so the opportunity to delve into the man exists.
There was recently a film made about him, Stern: Original Madman. Even if you don’t watch the film, I recommend checking out the site, it’s a beautiful experience: a light, beautiful style that captures the mystical in reality.