Gary Bernstein, ‘Vanity Matthews’, 1988, 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.

Throughout his career, Gary Bernstein has produced a balance of advertising, portrait and editorial images for hundreds of clients. One of his monthly magazine clients was Black Elegance Magazine, shooting covers and celebrity fashion layouts. When this image was captured in 1988, Vanity Matthews (a lead singer for pop icon, Prince) had already been recognized internationally as a singer-songwriter, model and actress.
On September 23, Gary photographed her individually and with her sisters for the magazine's fashion feature. This image, which captures Vanity in her often-donned look of black leather with black leather gloves, was made at day's end with a single pan light as the main light source and double background lights that created the high-key background. The image was photographed on a Hasselblad el/m camera with a 150mm f/4.0 Zeiss Sonnar lens on Kodak Ektachrome 6x6 color positive film. The image captures the beauty and character of multi-ethnic Vanity Matthews.

Culver City, California

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