Bert Stern 1923-2013


An American photographer best known for his iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe. With a photo shoot that took place in 1962 just weeks before the actress’ death, Stern later compiled his image into the photobook Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting, first published in 1982. Over the course of his career, Stern changed the landscape of fashion and advertising photography by creating dynamic, stand-alone images that no longer existed to simply serve the text.

He emerged as a pioneer of this new, confrontational style. Born Bertram “Bert” Stern October 3, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, Stern taught himself how to take photographs. He lived and worked in New York from the late 1970s until his death at the age of 83 on June 26, 2013. 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 Musée Maillol in Paris.

Marilyn in Bed - From the last sitting Marilyn Monroe 1962 |11x14 Color C Print  | 394.16.06
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