Lena is Exquisite in Sepia (LENA-007)

Grummans Edition
Gary Bernstein
  • In 1974, Gary Bernstein met his muse, the sensual and beautiful Lena Harris. A superstar model with the Eileen Ford Agency and later with The Wilhelmina Agency. Together they produced the classic book, _Burning Cold_, which contains Gary's photographs of Lena combined with the prose of Elton John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin. Over the years their collaboration has resulted in images for collectors and many of the world's top clients. Lena Harris is now an author and a filmmaker, and her documentary, _Big Willie Robinson, Our Story, as Told by Sargent Bill Chaffin_, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1996, Gary photographed Lena Harris for a national ad campaign for Hasselblad Cameras. The company selected a full-length image of Lena sitting in a director's chair looking directly at the camera. Lena used the same image (cropping it as a headshot) for the cover of her 2005 book for actors, _Twenty-Five 5-Minute Power Scenes_ (Smith and Kraus). Gary used a portrait outtake from the session for the cover of his 1997 book, _The Glamorous World of People Photography_ (Marathon Press). This particular rendition is variation of that same headshot tipped and printed in sepia tones by The Archives. The image was made with a hard main spotlight that casts a shadow across Lena's eyes, reminiscent of a 40's black and white film. A reflector fill and a second light to add highlights to her hair complete the lighting. This image was captured with a Hasselblad el/m camera affixed with a 150mm f/4.0 Zeiss Sonnar lens using Kodak Plus-X 6x6 black and white negative film. The image allows the viewer to study the pristine beauty of Lena Harris.Pin_it_button