Gary Bernstein, ‘Charlton Heston’, 1985, 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

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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.

It was in October of 1985 that Gary Bernstein photographed legendary actor, who appeared in 130 films and won an Oscar for "Ben Hur." At the time Gary had a multi-year contract with ABC Television to design and photograph the advertising for the network. Heston had just signed with ABC to play the lead role of Jason Colby on "Dynasty" (and in the resulting spinoff, "The Colbys").

Heston was most comfortable being photographed at his home off Coldwater Canyon. This particular image was made on Heston's tennis court late that afternoon. Gary combined a powerful electronic flash unit with natural light to capture the classic chiseled face of the man who played Moses on the big screen. The photograph was recorded on a Hasselblad el/m using an 80mm f/2.8 Zeiss Planar lens on Kodak Tri-X 6x6 black and white negative film.

Beverly Hills, California

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