Stern, Ian (1947-1978)
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Ian Stern was born and brought up in London, where he became interested in photography when he was about six. He joined the BBC, age 19, as an assistant cameraman. He went on to work for several years on the ground breaking Man Alive documentaries, learning his craft under the BAFTA winning cameraman Phil Meheux. During this time he took stills in many countries such as France, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and North America sometimes publishing under the pseudonym of Robert Ribeck (Reebeck). He also received advice from the American photographer Ruth Bernhard. Another influence was his very close friend, Peter Kennard. Dr Robin Lenman considers Ian Stern to have made an important contribution to the documentary photograph. An archive of his work is at University College Falmouth.