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EXPLORE THE ARTS BERT STERN The Original Mad Man By Susana Baker Known as the bad boy of photography and a leader of the pack, Bert Stern’s creative genius spans six decades and has brought us some of the most iconic images of our time. I met Stern — of all places — in a New York gym 37 years ago. ������ ���������������������� ������������������ �������� �������� �������������� ���������� ���������������������������� ������ beauty. I reluctantly accepted the business card from this strang- �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� the tales of photographing Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor were just well planned pick-up lines. ���� ������������������ �������������������� ������������������ ���������� ������������ ���������� ������������ ���������� ������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Marilyn — a three-day shoot that resulted in 2,500 photographs and, arguably, his best work. I could hardly believe my eyes! I ran ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Our friendship began soon after. I was his protégé, and he my mentor. At only 17, I was so fortunate to witness this master’s great talent. The magic, the madness and the passion of seeing Bert — it was nothing short of a phenomenal and spiritual experience. He changed this young Bronx girl’s life forever. The relationship changed in the mid-’80s, as we both headed ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ upon an article detailing the release of an unconventional documentary about my old friend. The man famous for being behind the lens was now thrust into focus, thanks to his longtime friend, Shannah Laumeister, writer, director and producer of “Bert Stern: The Original Madman.” His rises and falls are chronicled beautifully, including game-changing work and relentless reinventions. Bert’s career covered multiple media and muses — each of them memorable. His 1959 documentary “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The iconic “Lolita” shoot became a movie poster still ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Sahara Desert with tagline “The Driest of the Dry,” with the iconic image of the Great Pyramid of Giza upside down in a martini glass, made Bert sought after from New York to Hol- �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� His scintillating stories recently mesmerized the audience of my weekly radio show, ARTTALK. (Check out Facebook.com/ arttalk by Susana Baker for the full interview.) And his life, captured in Laumeister’s glowing documentary, will continue to captivate the world over. There truly is only one madman, the original: Bert Stern. Go to his fan page for updates and movie info on “Bert Stern: The Original Madman” at www.facebook.com/BertSternOriginalMadman. Susana Baker is a resident of Dade County and a mother of two, Alex and Chantal. For an all-inclusive art tour with a private Curator/Guide, call Susana Baker at 305.767.5000 or visit www.theartexperiences.com. To learn about art happenings in town, tune in to 880AM The Biz every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. for ARTTALK, Susana’s segment which brings you “From the Canvas to the Red Carpet.” You can also listen live at www.880thebiz.com. 94 JULY/AUGUST 2013 SOUTHFLORIDALUXURYGUIDE.COM


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