Elizabeth Taylor is a Vision in White (ET-002)

Grummans Edition
Gary Bernstein
  • This wonderfully warm image is from Gary Bernstein's first photography session with Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth's incredibly busy schedule combined with the demand for photographs of her, often resulted in Gary photographing for a variety of clients in a single day's work; and such was the case on June 27th, 1986. 

It was an unusually hot and humid day when the air conditioning in Gary's studio died only 2 hours before the session was scheduled to start. Gary quickly located a rental studio on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, and contacted the entire entourage (required for sessions of this nature) with the location change. The primary client for the day was Columbia Pictures, who had hired Gary to produce the advertising campaign and photography for the made-for-TV Movie _There Must Be a Pony_ starring Elizabeth and her long-time dear friend, Robert Wagner. 

This particular image, however, is an outtake from a part of the day's shoot that was dedicated to producing a cover shot for Elizabeth's book, _Elizabeth Takes Off_ (Putnam, 1987). Lit with a single pan light against a seamless paper background, Gary used a Nikon F3 with a 105mm f/2.5 Auto-Nikkor lens to capture the image on 35mm Kodak Kodachrome 25 color positive film. The image was converted to sepia by The Archives for this Limited Edition.Pin_it_button