PHIL STERN (1919-2014)



Der US-amerikanische Photograph Phil Stern war als ehemaliger Kriegs-Photograph seit den 60er Jahren vor allem für seine Aufnahmen prominenter Filmschauspieler und Musiker bekannt.

Seine Photographien von John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich, Marlon Brando oder Frank Sinatra gingen um die Welt. Er porträtierte Louis Amstrong, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, und vielen andere. Stern photographierte James Dean und trug zu dessem Image als Jugend-Ikone seiner Zeit bei.

Phil Sterns CELEBRITY-Photographien wurden in zahlreichen Zeitungen und Magazinen wie LOOK, The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s veröffentlicht.

Seine Photo-Reportage mit John F. Kennedy vom 20. Januar 1961 machte Stern selbst von einem Tag auf den anderen weltberühmt.

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Born In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sept. 3, 1919

1937 Works days as apprentice In New York City photo studio and darkroom and nights as photographer for the “Police Gazette.”

1939 Staff photographer at “Friday” magazine covering east coast labor and other social Issues.

1941 Sent to Los Angeles to work at Friday’s west coast bureau. Photographing labor stories again but with Cinema subjects added to the mix. “Friday” soon went bankrupt. Phil remains as freelance photographer for New York newspapers, LIFE , LOOK, Colliers, and other magazines.

1942 Assigned by US Army to a photographic unit in London, England. Volunteers for “Darby’s Rangers” a much heralded fighting unit as combat photographer; nickname 66 snapdragon.” Wounded in North Africa and assigned, after recuperation, to cover invasion of Sicily/Italy.

1944 Assigned by “LIFE” along with John Hersey to produce a photo essay on the homecoming of Darby’s Rangers. In Hollywood appears with film personalities promoting war bonds.

1945 More photo essays for “LIFE” on post war social rehabilitation and the start of serious Hollywood film coverage.

1946 – thru to 80′s As freelance photographer contributes to many magazines…. served as a “special” still cameraman on numerous film features including “West Side Story,” “Judgement at Nuremburg,” Guys and Dolls,” etc.

Worked intermittently for music labels to produce Jazz album covers for “Verve Records” (Norman Granz)… “Reprise” and “Pablo”.

Periodically from 1960′s thru the 1970′s covered Hollywood’s many film locations in Europe, Africa and South America. Also did a number of of photo essays In the Soviet Union photographing the Bolshoi Ballet, the Mosfilm Studio, and spent a month (1976) on the set of “The Blue Bird” a detante coproduction of USA and USSR. Also Moscow’s Film festival in 1967 as part of the Hollywood delegation.


2003 – Outstanding Achievement in Still for Motion Pictures Lucie Award

2008 – Sony World Photography Legacy Award

2008 – Beverly Hills Film Festival Living Legends Award