Bert Stern has enhanced the glamour of his images with the use of crystals, overlaid on the surface of his photographs. Audrey Hepburn , Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and Elizabeth Taylor are some of the subjects in this new technique. These unique prints are playful and inventive and enrich the iconic images with a new dimension.
He started in the art department of LOOK Magazine and after serving in the army as a motion picture cameraman he began working as a commercial photographer. His breakthrough work for Smirnoff Vodka, and his contract with Vogue Magazine in 1960 brought him to the top of his field. In the 1960’s, his studio was a center of excitement in New York. He was among the first to experiment with many unconventional techniques including videotape, screen-printing, photo-offset combinations and computerized printouts. Bert Stern is known as “the man who gives ideas an image.” This is evident in this exhibition.