Joan Collins Polaroid Transfer 1 (JCO-ART-02)

Grummans Edition
Gary Bernstein
  • The legendary status of classically beautiful Joan Collins was secured by her portrayal of Alexis Carrington on Television's _Dynasty_, which was the number one program in America by 1985. Gary Bernstein had been retained by ABC Television to design and photograph many of the marketing campaigns for _Dynasty_. From that time on, Gary photographed Joan for countless magazine editorials, advertising campaigns and book covers. 

This particular image was made at the end of Gary's first session with the English beauty at the ABC Television studios in Century City. During the session, Gary shot a series of half- and full-length sensual images capturing Joan romantically involved with her _Dynasty_ co-star John Forsythe. At the end of the session, Gary produced a series of glamorous portraits of Joan that would be used for a variety of purposes, including the cover of Joan's first novel, _Prime Time_ (Simon & Schuster 1988). 

This image was one of Joan's and Gary's personal favorites that was never published commercially. The photograph was captured with a Nikon F3 affixed with a 105mm f/2.5 Auto-Nikkor lens using Kodak 35mm Kodachrome 25 color positive film. This special image is a Polaroid Transfer (a means of transferring the pigment of the print to a substrate via roller). Gary added enhancements to the image using brushes to add both water color and acrylic paints as the print was drying. The result is a mixed-medium rendition that is both painted and photographic and bears Gary's hand inscription "Joan" at the top of composition. Pin_it_button