Photographer and filmmaker Bert Stern, best known for shooting a collection of 2,500 images of Marilyn Monroe six weeks before her death, died Wednesday in NYC according to reports. He was 83. The commercial photog got his start at Look magazine, where he first befriended Stanley Kubrick; he’d later go on to shoot publicity stills on Kubrick’s Lolita including the film’s iconic poster image featuring starlet Sue Lyon, a lollipop, and a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses. In 1959 Stern co-directed the music docu Jazz On A Summer’s Day, about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, which was later inducted into the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1999. Stern’s Monroe snapshots, however, were his lasting legacy. First commissioned by Vogue magazine in 1962, the photo shoot dubbed The Last Sitting intimately captured Monroe in a room at the Hotel Bel-Air and was released in book form in 1982 and 2000. In 2010 Stern was the subject of the First Run-released documentary Bert Stern: Original Madman, directed by wife Shannah Laumeister.
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