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Famous Photographers: Bert Stern

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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.

Famous Photographers: John Dominis

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You know John Dominis’ work, even if you do not recognize the name.

John Dominis’ photography holds very little unity in theme or style except stunning. As a photographer for LIFE magazine, Dominis traveled the world capturing moments of history and nature. His work captures something deeply alive, from the photographs of the Korean War and nature images of deer or cheetahs to the relationship of Steve McQueen and his wife and the decline of Mickey Mantel’s baseball career. It is American, in the sense the photos capture a realistically romantic image of the world from an American perspective.

He was recently highlighted by LIFE, you can read the whole story here.

If you decide to learn more about John Dominis realize he is a different person than John Owens Dominis. John Owens Dominis was the husband of Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning queen of Hawaii. Owens-Dominis sounds like a fascinating character and though he is irrelevant to the photography world, I recommend the Wikipedia entry on him.