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Phil Stern: 1919 – 2014

Phil Stern, the decorated veteran of the second world war who went on to capture the defining moments of cinema’s biggest stars, has died. Stern, known as “Snapdragon” by his friends in the industry, passed away at the age of 95 in Los Angeles after a battle with emphysema and congestive heart failure. Stern was given a camera at the age of 12, and spent his teens working as a cleaner in a photography lab in New York before getting a job as a local police photographer. His aptitude and mentality for photography was quickly apparent, but his life could have been very different. Once America entered the Second World War, Stern got the draft. At the age of 21, he was dispatched to the battlefields of North Africa, via training in the south of England. During the Battle of El Guettar in Tunisia during the spring of 1943, he was fragged by shell fragments. His right arm was incapacitated because the nerves in his neck were severed. Shrapnel had also lacerated the tendons  in his wrist, …


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