Bert Stern


Capturing some of the iconic images of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Streisand, Twiggy, & Scarlett Johannsson. Bert Stern an American Commercial Photographer left his signature of iconic images before his death in 2013 aged 83. His shoot for Vogue in 1963 with his images of Marilyn monroe were the first of many recognised picture captured by him.



 His use of high contrasted bold colours portrayed in every image. Even in his black and white images the contrast and rules of third were very much the reason why the viewer is drawn to his images.


His images mixed with bold and vibrant colours were shot after he had captured the more iconic images of Marilyn Monroe shot from his 35mm camera. His reasons for choosing to shoot in colour was due to obtaining a job in advertising which demanded colour images thus shifting his change to capture in colour.



 The black and white images were kept high in contrast using studio lighting rather than natural. This would have suited him best due to capturing images taken of celebrities. This would ensure him not to rely of lighting he could not control.  

Close up portrait shots. Colour are kept soft to resemble to the angelic and soft look of the model

Strong bold contrast to portray the character of model.    Soft lighting used for above image.

Looking at his composition in the images and how the models were posed gave me a insight of how I would position the model for my shoot to give the impact of the image overall.

Centred models draw in the viewer to the eyes and gives the image equal composition. His contact sheet gave me a n idea of how I could possible display the images once captured. The variety of same model and different images in one picture could be something I could explore.


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