GARY BERNSTEIN BIOGRAPHY:
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.
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.
Gary Bernstein graduated from Penn State University in June of 1971 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He had been a photo-hobbyist from a very young age, starting to make images with his parent's classic Kodak Box Brownie camera. It was on the Penn State campus that Gary began to hone his photographic skills and started shooting professionally while still an undergraduate. In 2013, Gary was asked to lecture via Skype to the photography classes at his alma mater, Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture. This culminated with a live lecture he gave at The Palmer Museum on the Penn State campus in December of 2013.
Many of Gary's earliest published works were photojournalistic in nature. The lush surroundings outside of Penn State in Centre County, Pennsylvania were also ideal for capturing nature, as evidenced in this photograph made during the winter of 1967. It was captured with a Minolta SRT-101 affixed with a 55mm f/1.7 Nikkor lens on Kodak Plus-X 35mm black and white negative film. The image was converted to sepia by The Archives for this Limited Edition.
State College, Pennsylvania