Bernie Abramson


Bernie Abramson, born in Los Angeles, California and started his still photography in junior high school.

He joined the United States Navy in 1942 as an aerial cameraman and was the first photographer to photgraph the Japanese fleet at the island of Palau. His aerial photos resulted in the sinking of in excess of 50 ships and the destruction of 150 of their aircraft for which he received numerous decorations. His plane was shot down in 1945 and he spent 2 ˝ days in the water before being rescued by the USS Bowers.

After being released from a Naval hospital and at the end of the war, Abramson resumed his photographic activities as a photographer in the motion picture industry.

Among the productions to his credit as a still photographer are to name a few "The Alamo", West Side Story, Dirty Harry, The War Wagon, Cleopatra, Oceans Eleven, Sergeants Three, Donovan’s Reef, The Wild Bunch, and Some Like It Hot… It was on the production of "Oceans 11" that Bernie became the favorite of the "Rat Pack" and was always invited (with camera) to the private functions.

In 1977 Bernie gave up still photography and became a Director of Photography and his first credit as a Director of Photography was "Up The Sand Box" with Barbara Streisand.

Currently Abramson is still employed as a DP and has just completed a feature titled "Deadly Dilusions"

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