Bert Stern, who is considered to be one of the most important photographers of fashion and celebrities, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83 years old.
Born in Brooklyn in in 1929, he began using the camera when he was drafted during the Korean War, photographing the troops’ ships heading to Japan. Upon his return to the United States, Stern explored advertising photography, and went on to photograph for Vogue.
He is perhaps most well-known for The Last Sitting, a beautiful and poignant collection of 2,500 photographs that he took of Marilyn Monroe, just six weeks before she died.
This series is probably one of my favorite ever of Marilyn. She is so real in a way which some of the pictures of her lack in my opinion… That “realness” (no I’m not talking about her hair and stuff like that) is what made her one of the big beauty’s of our time, at least for me. So strong, sexy and powerful, but in the same time, so so vulnerable. People who know me also know how very much I adore this woman. A bit cliché perhaps? Don’t all blond women with a melancholy side worship this icon? Maybe so, but I have been obsessed with her before I was blond or even knew what melancholy meant. I started reading about her when I was young, and very quickly developed deep feelings for this complex woman, which I to this day still carry inside me.0 0