Joan Collins

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

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.

The legendary status of 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 to design and photograph many of the marketing campaigns for "Dynasty." From that time on, Gary photographed Joan for countless magazine editorials and advertising campaigns. Gary also photographed Joan for 4 of her book covers.
This particular image was shot for the cover of her second novel, "Love and Desire and Hate." The image was made in Gary's Culver City studio. Gary illuminated Joan's classic features with a single focused spot light that allowed her face to be accented by a hot, hard light that fell off to gray tones in the rest of the composition. The background is a black and white painted muslin fabric. The turban and long gloves were Joan's idea. They frame this portrait of a very beautiful and classic Joan Collins. The image was made with a Nikon F3 affixed with a 105mm f/2.5 Auto-Nikkor lens using Kodak Plus-X 35mm black and white negative film.

Culver City, California

About Gary Bernstein