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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Series: Gary Bernstein Portraits
Image rights: ©Joshua Greene
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 June of 1974, Gary Bernstein flew to California (his first time on the west coast) to shoot an 8-page Esquire Magazine layout that featured Uva Harden. It was Gary's very first layout for Esquire. This candid image of Uva was captured a day prior to the Esquire shoot, while Gary was scouting locations and relaxing in Malibu with Uva and their friends Margaux Hemingway and her husband, entrepreneur businessman Errol Wetson. The original image was shot with a Nikon F3 affixed with a 105mm f/2.5 Auto-Nikkor lens on Kodak 35mm Kodachrome 25 color positive film. It was converted to black and white by The Archives for this Limited Edition print.
Uva Harden may be the most successful male model of all time. For a period, he was also an actor and the owner of the most legendary club of all time, Studio 54. He became friends with Gary Bernstein soon after Gary's move from Washington, D.C. (the location of his first studio) to New York City in 1974. At the time Uva was already the top male model in the world represented by The Wilhelmina Agency. It was also in 1974 that Gary began shooting the editorial fashion pages for Esquire Magazine (a client he would have for many years).