Gary Bernstein, ‘Sophia Loren’, 1994, 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

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 a 1990 television interview Gary Bernstein was asked if there were any celebrities that he wanted to photograph who had yet to come before his camera. His answer was Sophia Loren. That goal was realized in January of 1994, when noted celebrity fashion designer Nolan Miller (and designer for Sophia Loren) called Gary telling him that there was a woman in his studio who wanted to speak with him. Sophia got on the phone, and they scheduled an impromptu photo session a few days later at Gary's Culver City Studio. This is one of the images produced during that 6-hour session with Italy's greatest import: two-time Academy Award Winner Sophia Loren.

Gary always keeps remnant fabrics around the studio to be used as backgrounds, one of which was a leopard print. Gary suggested using the fabric as the background for a shot. Sophia liked the idea, and tore off a strip of the fabric from the bottom of the bolt, and fashioned the wrap dress she is wearing in the photograph. Using one pan light as Sophia sat on a bentwood studio chair, the photograph was made with a Nikon F3 affixed with a 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor lens on Kodak Plus-X 35mm black and white negative film. It has been converted to sepia by The Archives for this Limited Edition.

Culver City, California

About Gary Bernstein