Bertram Stern (born 3 October 1929) is an American fashion
and celebrity portrait photographer.
His best known work is arguably The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500
photographs taken of Marilyn Monroe over a three day period, six weeks
before her death, taken for Vogue. Stern published Marilyn Monroe: The
Complete Last Sitting in 1992. In it, he recounted being enchanted by her
until a near-intimate encounter after the second day of shooting; he then
realized that she was deeply troubled.
He also directed Jazz on a Summer's Day, a 1959 documentary film set at
the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. In 1999 the film was deemed "culturally
significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for
preservation in the National Film Registry.
Stern worked as a photographer on Lolita and shot the publicity
photographs of Sue Lyon. He has photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth
Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan
(recreating The Last Sitting), among others, in addition to his work for
advertising and travel publications.
Stern is divorced from the ballerina Allegra Kent. He is the father of
Trista Stern Wright, [Susannah Stern], and Bret Stern.