Vanity In Black Leather (VAN-3159-69)

Grummans Edition
Gary Bernstein
  • Throughout his career, Gary Bernstein has produced a balance of advertising, portrait and editorial images for hundreds of clients. One of his monthly magazine clients was Black Elegance Magazine, shooting covers and celebrity fashion layouts. When this image was captured in 1988, Vanity Matthews (a lead singer for pop icon, Prince) had already been recognized internationally as a singer-songwriter, model and actress.  

On September 23, Gary photographed her individually and with her sisters for the magazine's fashion feature. This image, which captures Vanity in her often-donned look of black leather with black leather gloves, was made at day's end with a single pan light as the main light source and double background lights that created the high-key background. The image was photographed on a Hasselblad el/m camera with a 150mm f/4.0 Zeiss Sonnar lens on Kodak Ektachrome 6x6 color positive film.  The image captures the beauty and character of multi-ethnic Vanity Matthews.Pin_it_button