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Bert Stern

Bugaku (Allegra Kent and Edward Villella), 1963

Gelatin silver, printed later
19 3/4 × 15 7/8 in
50.2 × 40.3 cm
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Condition Report: Sheet is loose; edgewear with small tears along the edges; handling crease …

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Condition Report: Sheet is loose; edgewear with small tears along the edges; handling crease throughout the work, most noticeable to the lower right quadrant; one, approximate 1 inch, straight crease to the center of the work, most noticeable in raking light.

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Signed in crayon with the photographer's and Conde Nast stamps verso.
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Bert Stern
American, 1929–2013
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Bert Stern was one of the leading photographers of the 1950s and 1960s; he redefined fashion photography with his clean and direct style. Like his contemporaries Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, Stern pioneered a new photographic aesthetic, preferring uncluttered and emotionally direct images that strove not only to showcase the human figure but also to capture a sense of the subject’s psychology. “What makes a great model is her need, her desire; and it’s exciting to photograph desire,” Stern once said. Encouraged to pursue photography by Stanley Kubrick, Stern’s reputation quickly grew as he worked for commercial companies such as Revlon. He became a mainstay for fashion magazines like Vogue, and his portfolio featured such superstars as Twiggy, Truman Capote, and Audrey Hepburn. Stern famously captured Marilyn Monroe in The Last Sitting, the actress’s last group of portraits taken six weeks before her death.

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Condition Report: Sheet is loose; edgewear with small tears along the edges; handling crease …

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Condition Report: Sheet is loose; edgewear with small tears along the edges; handling crease throughout the work, most noticeable to the lower right quadrant; one, approximate 1 inch, straight crease to the center of the work, most noticeable in raking light.

Signature
Signed in crayon with the photographer's and Conde Nast stamps verso.
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Bert Stern
American, 1929–2013
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Bert Stern was one of the leading photographers of the 1950s and 1960s; he redefined fashion photography with his clean and direct style. Like his contemporaries Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, Stern pioneered a new photographic aesthetic, preferring uncluttered and emotionally direct images that strove not only to showcase the human figure but also to capture a sense of the subject’s psychology. “What makes a great model is her need, her desire; and it’s exciting to photograph desire,” Stern once said. Encouraged to pursue photography by Stanley Kubrick, Stern’s reputation quickly grew as he worked for commercial companies such as Revlon. He became a mainstay for fashion magazines like Vogue, and his portfolio featured such superstars as Twiggy, Truman Capote, and Audrey Hepburn. Stern famously captured Marilyn Monroe in The Last Sitting, the actress’s last group of portraits taken six weeks before her death.

Bert Stern

Bugaku (Allegra Kent and Edward Villella), 1963

Gelatin silver, printed later
19 3/4 × 15 7/8 in
50.2 × 40.3 cm
Bidding closed
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