Gary Bernstein, ‘Lena Harris Sepia Headshot’, 1996, 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

Image rights: Gary Bernstein

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.

In 1996, Gary photographed Lena Harris for a national ad campaign for Hasselblad Cameras. The company selected a full-length image of Lena sitting in a director's chair looking directly at the camera. Lena used the same image (cropping it as a headshot) for the cover of her 2005 book for actors, "Twenty-Five 5-Minute Power Scenes" (Smith and Kraus). Gary used a portrait outtake from the session for the cover of his 1997 book, "The Glamorous World of People Photography" (Marathon Press). This particular rendition is variation of that same headshot tipped and printed in sepia tones by The Archives. The image was made with a hard main spotlight that casts a shadow across Lena's eyes, reminiscent of a 40's black and white film. A reflector fill and a second light to add highlights to her hair complete the lighting. This image was captured with a Hasselblad el/m camera affixed with a 150mm f/4.0 Zeiss Sonnar lens using Kodak Plus-X 6x6 black and white negative film. The image allows the viewer to study the pristine beauty of Lena Harris.

Culver City, California

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