Phil Stern, 1919-2014

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Photo by Genaro Molina / LA TimesPhoto by Genaro Molina / LA Times

Photographer Phil Stern died on December 13 in Los Angeles; he was 95 years old. A photographer for Life, Look, and other magazines, Stern was best known for photographing Hollywood legends and jazz musicians, including James Dean, John Wayne, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzy Gillespie. Stern began shooting for Life magazine in 1941 and also shot a number of album covers for the Verve, Pablo, and Reprise record labels.