Elizabeth Taylor in Black (ET-001)

Grummans Edition
Gary Bernstein
  • This captivating image of Elizabeth Taylor was made by Gary Bernstein years after they started working together. Elizabeth's incredibly busy schedule, combined with the demand for photographs of her, often resulted in Gary photographing her for a variety of clients in a single day's work. However, this session was a fully-scheduled two day shoot for Elizabeth Arden/Unilever and Parfums International, the producers of the fragrance _Elizabeth Taylor's Passion_. The day was exhaustive. Elizabeth had gotten ill the prior day which resulted in two days' worth of work having to be completed in a single day. 

The principal shot of the day (for the international campaign) was of Elizabeth in a Roman bath. After the completion of the shot but before her hair had dried, Elizabeth changed into wardrobe (and adorned in Harry Winston jewels). Gary made this intense, unplanned photograph of Taylor. The image was captured on a Hasselblad el/m camera with a 150mm f/4.0 Zeiss Sonnar lens on Kodak Ektachrome 6x6 color positive film. 

In Taylor's Foreword to Gary's 1994 book, _Portrait Hollywood_, she writes of Gary, "...in the still moment, he captures the very essence of his subject..." This image of Elizabeth Taylor clearly shows Gary's special trait.Pin_it_button