Bert Stern

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Bert Stern
BornBertram Stern
(1929-10-03)October 3, 1929
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 26, 2013(2013-06-26) (aged 83)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Known for
Notable work

Bertram "Bert" Stern (October 3, 1929 – June 26, 2013) was an American commercial photographer.[1][2]


Stern was the son of Jewish immigrants and grew up in Brooklyn. His father worked as a children’s portrait photographer. After dropping out of high school at the age of 16, he gained a job in the mail room at Look magazine. He became art director at Flair magazine, where Stern learned how to develop film and make contact sheets, and started taking his own pictures. In 1951, Stern was drafted into the United States Army and was sent to Japan and assigned to the photographic department.

In the 1960s, his heavy use of amphetamines led to the destruction of his marriage to ballerina Allegra Kent. By the late 1970s, Stern returned to the U.S. to photograph portraits and fashion.[3]


  1. ^ "Bert Stern et ses muses". Vanity Fair (in French). 26 June 2014. ISSN 0733-8899.
  2. ^ Vitello, Paul (26 June 2013). "Bert Stern, Elite Photographer Known for Images of Marilyn Monroe, Dies at 83". The New York Times. p. B17.
  3. ^ "Bert Stern". The Telegraph. 27 June 2013.

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