Décès du photographe Phil Stern, 95 ans, ce samedi 13 décembre 2014.
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Famed Hollywood photographer Phil Stern who captured some of the most iconic portraits of stars including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Frank Sinatra dies at 95
By Sophie Jane Evans for MailOnline
Published: 20:41 GMT, 14 December 2014 | Updated: 22:23 GMT, 14 December 2014
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Phil Stern, 95, passed away in California on Saturday, agent confirmed
He was responsible for some of the most iconic portraits of celebrities
These included stars Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Marlon Brando
He also captured President Kennedy's inauguration and Lauren Bacall
Stern become renowned for his photography during Second World War
Director Brett Ratner has paid tribute to the 'legendary photographer'
Photographer Phil Stern, who was responsible for some of the most iconic portraits of Hollywood stars including Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Frank Sinatra, has died at the age of 95.
Stern, who also photographed John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and President Kennedy’s inauguration, passed away in California on Saturday, his agent confirmed.
On Sunday morning, director Brett Ratner took to Instagram to express his sadness at his longtime friend's death, writing: 'My good friend pictured here passed today! #PhilStern 95 year old.'
Posting a photo of himself walking with Stern on a film set, he added: 'Legendary photographer with an amazing life! Grateful that I was there for his 95th birthday!'
On Sunday afternoon, he uploaded another photo of himself posing with the photographer on his 90th birthday. Despite looking frail and being hooked to tubes, Stern was seen beaming widely.
During his career, 'Snapdragon' Stern worked as a special still cameraman on an array of films, including 'Guys and Dolls' and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', Variety reported.
He also become renowned for his photography while serving as a U.S. Army Ranger in the 'Darby's Rangers' unit in the North African and Italian campaigns during World War II.
'There were a lot of very ugly things during the war - and a lot of very beautiful things,' Stern told the magazine earlier this year. 'I photographed everything.”
He was later decorated with a Purple Heart for his services. Ater the war, Stern settled in Los Angeles, where he became a staff photographer for LOOK magazine.
Over the past few decades, his photos of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean have gained iconic status, while he has also photographed Louis Armstrong, Orson Welles and Joan Crawford.
He even contributed photos for albums by artists Liza Minnelli, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie.
For the final years of his life, Stern resided at the Veterans Home of California, where he continued to wear a camera around his neck and take photographs of those around him.
In a touching tribute, Stern's worldwide agent, Geoff Katz, of Creative Photographers Inc, described the photographer as a 'one-of-a-kind' talent who lived a 'full and exciting life'.
He told MailOnline: 'I am honored and privileged to have worked with Phil over the last 20 years. It has been an amazing journey, he was one of a kind. I will treasure the time I spent with Phil and his family, His legacy will live on through his iconic images.'
Stern's sons, Peter and Tom, have donated 95 prints from their father's work (WW2, Jazz and Hollywood) to the the West Los Angeles VA Hospital as a permanent exhibition.
The photographer's autobiography, 'Phil Stern: A Life’s Work', was published in October 2003.