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Bert Stern, our great friend for so many years, passed away yesterday. Forever part of the New Yorker family, he will be missed...
Miller Shoes and other blue chip accounts, Stern was on his way to becoming one of the greatest photographers of the second half of the 20th century.
Jazz on a Summer's Day lives on today as one of the greatest documentaries ever produced.
In 1958, a twenty-eight year old Bert Stern had built for himself a reputation as one the worlds leading fashion and advertising photographers.
Except for Mahalia Jackson’s gospel singing and Chuck Berry’s rock and roll, the music filling the soundtrack is pure jazz.
Old favorites such as “Lazy River” and “Tiger Rag”, as performed by Louis Armstrong, and Anita O’Day’s interpretation of “Sweet Georgia Brown” are interspersed with the innovative manners of such artists as Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan and Chico Hamilton.
During the four day shoot, Stern broke many movie camera taboos including shooting directly into lights, holding for close-ups lasting three or four minutes, and shooting and recording all of the music sessions live to achieve a sense of immediacy and informality (magnetic sound recording was used).