Sunday, March 04, 2012

'Bert Stern: Original Madman' Poster

Bert Stern is probably best known for his collection of shots of Marilyn Monroe taken shortly before she died called 'The Last Sitting'.

Here's the famous marked-up proof sheet image that was used for the book's cover:

A clip from the documentary synopsis:

In the unconventional documentary Becoming Bert Stern, the original mad-man photographer reveals himself for the first time. Berts meteoric career began as a mailroom-boy at Look Magazine, where he formed a close relationship with a young staff photographer, Stanley Kubrick. 


Photographing what seemed like all of worlds most beautiful women like Jean Shrimpton, Suzie Parker, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, Twiggy, Liz Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe, the kid from Brooklyn was living a dream. Marrying the beautiful and internationally acclaimed ballet dancer, Allegra Kent, a Balanchine protégé, it seemed Bert Stern could do no wrong. Stern pulls no punches in revealing himself, his loves, and his fall from grace. Filmmaker Shannah Laumeister uncovers not only Stern, but also their unique long-term relationship. Becoming Bert Stern is a story of self-creation: rise, fall and reinvention. It explores creativity, celebrity, and desire through the eyes of a man who got everything he wanted. Almost.

Stern was well-known for his Smirnoff ads. Here's his shot of Buster Keaton:

And the poster for the documentary:


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