Gary Bernstein, ‘Alexander Godunov’, 1982, The Archives Store

Gary Bernstein is an American photographer best known for his portrait and editorial images of more than 200 celebrities and Fortune 100 corporate clients from Cartier to American Express. Over a career spanning four decades, he has published 8 books, including the classic "Burning Cold" which depicts Gary's photographs of Lena Harris combined with the prose of Elton John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin.
Gary graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Architecture, has received a Masters of Film from Brooks Institute, a Masters in Contemporary Art from The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., The Photographic Craftsman Degree from The Professional Photographers of America and The Gold Award from The Advertising Festival of New York City. He lives in California with his wife, Lena Harris, and their children.

Pigment ink printed onto Premium Matte Litho 200+years

Series: Gary Bernstein Portraits

Image rights: Gary Bernstein

Publisher: The Archives, LLC

In early 2014, photographer Gary Bernstein and The Archives, LLC collaborated to create a signed and numbered limited edition print series of images selected for an exclusive exhibition at the Grummans Gallery in Bethpage, New York. The Grummans Editions were the first signed, limited edition print run to feature the photographic works of Bernstein. The Grumman Editions spotlighted 22 of some of Bernstein's most provocative and intimate images. Unfortunately, the Grummans Gallery closed shortly after the Bernstein show opened.

Originally set for a limited edition print run of 15, the sudden closing of the gallery necessitated the need to cancel the Grummans Editions and left only 2 prints of each image created specifically for the exhibition; one set for Bernstein and the other for The Archives. Despite the closing of the Gallery and cancelling of the Bernstein exhibition, The Archives believes these stunning and unique works of a true American Original deserved to be shared with the public and are offering for sale these exclusive and rare prints.

Three years after actor-dancer (and member of the Bolshoi Ballet) Alexander Godunov defected from the Soviet Union to the United States (creating a major diplomatic event at the time). He was photographed by Gary Bernstein at Gary's West Los Angeles studio as part of a multi-year, international advertising campaign entitled "Winners!" for French fashion designer, Jean-Paul Germain. Godunov appeared in the advertisement wearing shorts and a tank top. After the session, this image was made recording the look that captivated movie audiences for many years thereafter. Gary used a Nikon F3 with a 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor lens to capture the image on 35mm Kodak Kodachrome 25 color positive film. The image was converted to black and white by The Archives for this Limited Edition.

Los Angeles,California

About Gary Bernstein