Welcome to my website . . .
name is Len Bernstein, and
when I began to photograph almost 40 years
ago, I felt I found a way of expressing myself that met something so
inside me that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. Walking with
my camera, the city streets seemed transformed--friendlier, more
I spent hours searching for dramatic situations, trying to capture the
right moment. Looking through the viewfinder, what I saw had new value
for me, boredom and loneliness seemed to vanish, and I wished I could
that way all the time. And hoping to learn what made a photograph
I avidly studied the history and technique of photography.
My hopes were met when I
this principle stated by Eli
Siegel, the American critic and founder of
the philosophy Aesthetic
Realism: “All beauty is a making one of
and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in
I've had the thrill of testing this principle in thousands of
from the first known photograph taken by Nicéphore Niépce
around 1826 to the most modern work of today. It explains what makes a
photograph good and how our personal questions are the
of art--dignified and cultural!
I encourage you to click
on the links below, which include an introduction to my new book, Photography, Life, and the Opposites.
You will learn more
about the magnificent education that explains the deep, practical
relation between art and how we hope to see the world we are meeting
every moment of every day.