Bert Stern

United States  • 1929  - 2013

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Bertram "Bert" Stern, born on October 3, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, was a pioneering American commercial photographer renowned for his iconic portraits of celebrities and his groundbreaking contributions to fashion photography. Growing up in Brooklyn as the son of Jewish immigrants, Stern's early exposure to photography came through his father's work as a children's portrait photographer. Despite dropping out of high school at 16, Stern landed a job in the mailroom at Look magazine, where he began his journey into the world of photography.


His talent quickly emerged, and Stern became the art director at Flair magazine, where he honed his skills in developing film and capturing images. By the 1950s, Stern was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Japan. It was during this time that his passion for photography flourished, laying the groundwork for his future career.


In the 1960s, Stern's career reached new heights as he became one of the foremost photographers of his time. He gained international recognition for his work with Marilyn Monroe, particularly the legendary series known as "The Last Sitting." This collection of 2,500 photographs, taken over three days in 1962, just weeks before Monroe's tragic death, remains one of his most celebrated achievements. Published in Vogue magazine, these images captured Monroe's essence with unparalleled intimacy and vulnerability.


Beyond Monroe, Stern's portfolio encompassed an array of iconic figures, from Audrey Hepburn to Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor to Drew Barrymore. His ability to capture the essence of his subjects, combined with his innovative approach to fashion photography, revolutionized the industry. Stern's dynamic and standalone images reshaped the landscape of advertising and editorial photography, setting a new standard for visual storytelling.


One of Stern's most famous images includes the inverted reflection of the Giza pyramid in a martini glass, which he created for his work on Smirnoff vodka advertising. This image, with its creative twist, became emblematic of Stern's ability to blend artistry with commercial appeal.


Despite facing personal struggles, including battles with drug addiction, Stern's passion for photography never waned. He continued to push boundaries, directing the acclaimed documentary "Jazz on a Summer's Day" in 1959 and contributing to Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita." 


Throughout his illustrious career, Stern's photographs were exhibited worldwide, from Tokyo to London, cementing his status as a visionary artist. Bert Stern passed away on June 26, 2013, in New York City, leaving behind a rich and enduring contribution to the world of photography. You can find Bert Stern and many more in our collection of works by Celebrity Photographers


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Photography, Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4, Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 4

Bert Stern

Photography - 61 x 61 cm Photography - 24 x 24 inch

£24,586

Photography, Marilyn Laughing in Black Dress, Bert Stern

Marilyn Laughing in Black Dress

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn Rare Black Dress Large, Bert Stern

Marilyn Rare Black Dress Large

Bert Stern

Photography - 102 x 92 cm Photography - 40.2 x 36.2 inch

£24,639

Photography, Marilyn in the slanted scarf, Bert Stern

Marilyn in the slanted scarf

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,552

Photography, Marilyn in the wedding veil, Bert Stern

Marilyn in the wedding veil

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn Rare Black Dress (1962), Bert Stern

Marilyn Rare Black Dress (1962)

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn in the clouds, Bert Stern

Marilyn in the clouds

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn in Vogue (1962), Bert Stern

Marilyn in Vogue (1962)

Bert Stern

Photography - 25 x 21 x 1 cm Photography - 9.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch

£1,399

Photography, Marilyn in Vogue, Bert Stern

Marilyn in Vogue

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,552

Photography, Marlon Brando Life Magazine, Bert Stern

Marlon Brando Life Magazine

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£3,432

Photography, Marilyn Monroe crucifix 3, Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe crucifix 3

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn in Vogue (1962), Bert Stern

Marilyn in Vogue (1962)

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£2,191

Photography, Lolita (Stanley Kubrick), Bert Stern

Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn Arabian, Bert Stern

Marilyn Arabian

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn stretching the jewelry, Bert Stern

Marilyn stretching the jewelry

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,191

Photography, Audrey Hepburn Laying Down, Bert Stern

Audrey Hepburn Laying Down

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£3,432

Photography, Bridget Bardot, Bert Stern

Bridget Bardot

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£3,432

Photography, Marilyn in Famous Black Dress (1962), Bert Stern

Marilyn in Famous Black Dress (1962)

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn wine on the bed, Bert Stern

Marilyn wine on the bed

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,552

Photography, Glamour Marilyn, Bert Stern

Glamour Marilyn

Bert Stern

Photography - 37 x 55 cm Photography - 14.6 x 21.7 inch

£2,552

Photography, Marilyn new baby on the bed, Bert Stern

Marilyn new baby on the bed

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,552

Photography, Ruby Gloves, Bert Stern

Ruby Gloves

Bert Stern

Photography - 45 x 31 x 1 cm Photography - 17.7 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch

£4,312

Photography, Marilyn with Bert's Nikon, Bert Stern

Marilyn with Bert's Nikon

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn colour nude on the bed, Bert Stern

Marilyn colour nude on the bed

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn looking up in the wedding veil, Bert Stern

Marilyn looking up in the wedding veil

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,191

Photography, Romy and Delon 2, Bert Stern

Romy and Delon 2

Bert Stern

Photography - 31 x 45 cm Photography - 12.2 x 17.7 inch

£3,432

Photography, Audrey Hepburn Profile, Bert Stern

Audrey Hepburn Profile

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£3,432

Photography, Liz & Dick, Bert Stern

Liz & Dick

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£3,432

Photography, Marilyn crucifix III, Bert Stern

Marilyn crucifix III

Bert Stern

Photography - 61 x 61 cm Photography - 24 x 24 inch

£7,040

Photography, Photographie de Marilyn par Bert Stern, Bert Stern

Photographie de Marilyn par Bert Stern

Bert Stern

Photography - 69 x 65 x 1 cm Photography - 27.2 x 25.6 x 0.4 inch

£4,312

Photography, Marilyn in pink scarf, Bert Stern

Marilyn in pink scarf

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn in black white scarf, Bert Stern

Marilyn in black white scarf

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn crucifix II, Bert Stern

Marilyn crucifix II

Bert Stern

Photography - 51 x 51 cm Photography - 20.1 x 20.1 inch

£6,952

Photography, "Pearls" la dernière séance (1962), Bert Stern

"Pearls" la dernière séance (1962)

Bert Stern

Photography - 26 x 37 x 2 cm Photography - 10.2 x 14.6 x 0.8 inch

£1,751

Photography, Marilyn Crucifix II (1962), Bert Stern

Marilyn Crucifix II (1962)

Bert Stern

Photography - 25 x 21 x 1 cm Photography - 9.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch

£1,399

Photography, Marilyn par Bert Stern - The Last Sitting, Bert Stern

Marilyn par Bert Stern - The Last Sitting

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£1,672

Photography, Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 7, Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting Portfolio 7

Bert Stern

Photography - 61 x 61 cm Photography - 24 x 24 inch

£16,391

Photography, Marilyn et l'écharpe chenille, Bert Stern

Marilyn et l'écharpe chenille

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,191

Photography, Brigitte Bardot. Saint Tropez, Bert Stern

Brigitte Bardot. Saint Tropez

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 x 1 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch

£3,432

Photography, Marilyn Monroe. Baby Nude, Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe. Baby Nude

Bert Stern

Photography - 31 x 45 x 1 cm Photography - 12.2 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch

£4,312

Photography, Marilyn boob falling out, Bert Stern

Marilyn boob falling out

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn red scarf in profile, Bert Stern

Marilyn red scarf in profile

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,552

Photography, Marilyn Monroe 1962. New baby in silver, Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe 1962. New baby in silver

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 x 1 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch

£4,312

Photography, Crucifix II (1962), Bert Stern

Crucifix II (1962)

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn and Champagne, Bert Stern

Marilyn and Champagne

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,552

Photography, Marilyn jewels down the back, Bert Stern

Marilyn jewels down the back

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£2,191

Photography, Kate Moss Nude, Bert Stern

Kate Moss Nude

Bert Stern

Photography - 49 x 33 x 1 cm Photography - 19.3 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£3,432

Photography, Marilyn Baby on the bed, Bert Stern

Marilyn Baby on the bed

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn Boob Smile (1962), Bert Stern

Marilyn Boob Smile (1962)

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 x 1 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch

£4,312

Photography, Marilyn passed out, Bert Stern

Marilyn passed out

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£2,191

Photography, Marilyn red classic full roses Glitters, Bert Stern

Marilyn red classic full roses Glitters

Bert Stern

Photography - 43 x 30 cm Photography - 16.9 x 11.8 inch

£4,312

Photography, Kate Moss. Laying down, Bert Stern

Kate Moss. Laying down

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 inch

£3,432

Photography, Kate Moss, Bert Stern

Kate Moss

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£3,432

Photography, Marilyn 1962 (New baby in Gold), Bert Stern

Marilyn 1962 (New baby in Gold)

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 x 1 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch

£4,312

Photography, Natalie Wood, Bert Stern

Natalie Wood

Bert Stern

Photography - 35.5 x 30.5 x 1 cm Photography - 14 x 12 x 0.4 inch

£3,432

Photography, Cleopatra / Liz Taylor, Bert Stern

Cleopatra / Liz Taylor

Bert Stern

Photography - 46 x 30 cm Photography - 18.1 x 11.8 inch

£3,432

Photography, Marilyn Red Classic Charcoal Roses, Bert Stern

Marilyn Red Classic Charcoal Roses

Bert Stern

Photography - 48 x 33 cm Photography - 18.9 x 13 inch

£4,312

Photography, Marilyn Black silver wink roses, Bert Stern

Marilyn Black silver wink roses

Bert Stern

Photography - 43 x 31 cm Photography - 16.9 x 12.2 inch

£4,312

Photography, Marilyn Monroe (1962) Orgasm, Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe (1962) Orgasm

Bert Stern

Photography - 33 x 48 x 1 cm Photography - 13 x 18.9 x 0.4 inch

£4,312

Photography, Marilyn. Jeweled Toga, Bert Stern

Marilyn. Jeweled Toga

Bert Stern

Photography - 45 x 31 x 1 cm Photography - 17.7 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch

£4,312

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The year of birth of the artist is: 1929