Gary Bernstein, ‘Lena Harris’, 1976, 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.

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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.

In 1974, Gary Bernstein met his muse, the sensual and beautiful Lena Harris. A superstar model with the Eileen Ford Agency and later with The Wilhelmina Agency. Together they produced the classic book, "Burning Cold," which contains Gary's photographs of Lena combined with the prose of Elton John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin. Over the years their collaboration has resulted in images for collectors and many of the world's top clients. Lena Harris is now an author and a filmmaker, and her documentary, "Big Willie Robinson, Our Story, as Told by Sargent Bill Chaffin," premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

This particular photograph is an outtake from "Burning Cold." It was taken late afternoon with hot direct sunlight as the only light source striking Lena's face and form. She is adorned in a Scott Barrie dress. In the background are the ruins of an old staircase on the island. The image was made on 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 introduced pictorial 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 has the appeal of a contemporary Venus rising from the sea.

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