Bert Stern, elite photographer, dies at 83

Mr. Stern (above) photographed “The Last Sitting,” with images of Marilyn Monroe six weeks before her death. He created the publicity photo of Sue Lyon in “Lolita,” and made the highly acclaimed film “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” featuring Louis Armstrong at Newport.
Mr. Stern (above) photographed “The Last Sitting,” with images of Marilyn Monroe six weeks before her death. He created the publicity photo of Sue Lyon in “Lolita,” and made the highly acclaimed film “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” featuring Louis Armstrong at Newport.Irving Penn/1st Run Features/1961

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NEW YORK — Bert Stern — an elite commercial photographer who helped redefine advertising and fashion art in the 1950s and ’60s, but is perhaps best known for his painfully raw and poignant photos of Marilyn Monroe, taken for Vogue six weeks before her death — died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.

His death was confirmed by Shannah Laumeister, a longtime friend, who said that she and Mr. Stern had been secretly married since 2009. No cause of death was given.

Mr. Stern’s half-century career had multiple peaks, including “Jazz on a Summer’s Day,” his 1959 documentary film about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, which was selected in 1999 for the National Film Registry in recognition of its historical significance.

His photographs of Monroe, taken over three days in June 1962 in the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, were collected in a mammoth 2000 book, “Marilyn Monroe: The Complete Last Sitting.”

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