Gary Bernstein, ‘Elizabeth Taylor With Wet Hair’, 1988, 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

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.

This captivating image of Elizabeth Taylor was made by Gary Bernstein years after they started working together. Elizabeth's incredibly busy schedule, combined with the demand for photographs of her, often resulted in Gary photographing her for a variety of clients in a single day's work. However, this session was a fully-scheduled two day shoot for Elizabeth Arden/Unilever and Parfums International, the producers of the fragrance "Elizabeth Taylor's Passion." The day was exhaustive. Elizabeth had gotten ill the prior day which resulted in two days' worth of work having to be completed in a single day.The principal shot of the day (for the international campaign) was of Elizabeth in a Roman bath. After the completion of the shot but before her hair had dried, Elizabeth changed into wardrobe (and adorned in Harry Winston jewels). Gary made this intense, unplanned photograph of Taylor.The image was captured on a Hasselblad el/m camera with a 150mm f/4.0 Zeiss Sonnar lens on Kodak Ektachrome 6x6 color positive film.
In Taylor's Foreword to Gary's 1994 book, "Portrait Hollywood," she writes of Gary, " the still moment, he captures the very essence of his subject..." This image of Elizabeth Taylor clearly shows Gary's special trait.


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