Gary Bernstein, ‘Joan Collins’, 1986, 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 Polaroid Transfers

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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.

The legendary status of classically beautiful Joan Collins was secured by her portrayal of Alexis Carrington on Television's "Dynasty," which was the number one program in America by 1985. Gary Bernstein had been retained by ABC Television to design and photograph many of the marketing campaigns for Dynasty. From that time on, Gary photographed Joan for countless magazine editorials, advertising campaigns and book covers.

This particular image was made at the end of Gary's first session with the English beauty at the ABC Television studios in Century City. During the session, Gary shot a series of half- and full-length sensual images capturing Joan romantically involved with her "Dynasty" co-star John Forsythe. At the end of the session, Gary produced a series of glamorous portraits of Joan that would be used for a variety of purposes, including the cover of Joan's first novel, "Prime Time" (Simon & Schuster 1988).

This image was one of Joan's and Gary's personal favorites that was never published commercially. The photograph was captured with a Nikon F3 affixed with a 105mm f/2.5 Auto-Nikkor lens using Kodak 35mm Kodachrome 25 color positive film. This special image is a Polaroid Transfer (a means of transferring the pigment of the print to a substrate via roller). Gary added enhancements to the image using brushes to add both water color and acrylic paints as the print was drying. The result is a mixed-medium rendition that is both painted and photographic and bears Gary's hand inscription "Joan" at the top of composition.

Century City, California

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