In Memoriam: Bert Stern, “Last Sitting” Photographer
Famed celebrity, fashion and advertising photographer Bert Stern died June 25 in his New York City
home at the age of 83. Most known for his 1962 photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe, “The Last Sitting,”
the New York City native got his start working for magazines in 1946 at the ripe age of 17. Five years
later, Stern began working for the ad agency LC Gumbiner where he first shot photos, and in 1954,
he opened his own studio. While on assignment for Vogue in 1962, Stern spent three days photographing Marilyn Monroe in a suite at the Bel Air Hotel. Twenty years later, he published those photos
as well as the outtakes and contact sheets in his book, Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting.
Stern went on to photograph the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy, to name a few.
A documentary called Bert Stern: The Original Mad Man was released this year. Stern and the director
of the documentary, Shannah Laumeister, were married in secret in 2009. Stern is survived by three
children and three grandchildren.
Marilyn Monroe from Stern’s
“The Last Sitting,” 1962.
Photo © Bert Stern/courteSy Staley-WiSe
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Celebrating the Female Body
Photo © Jade Beall
After Tucson, Arizona-based photographer Jade Beall gave birth to her son, she put images of
her post-birth body online. This (in addition to another image she had posted of a friend and
mother) generated a response that she wasn’t anticipating—she started receiving a flood of
emails from hundreds of women who wanted to participate in the project and share their post-baby bodies with the world. She began photographing the women in black and white (free of
charge) for a resulting book project, A Beautiful Body, which she crowd-funded using Kick-starter. Beall plans to continue the project with further books focusing on other issues related
to body image that women face including eating disorders, aging and cancer.