Bernie Abramson was born in Los Angeles, California, and started his photography in junior high school. He joined the United States Navy in 1942 as an aerial cameraman and was the first photographer to photograph 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 1/2 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 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 cameras) 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 Sandbox” (1972) with Barbra Streisand.
ABRAMSON, Bernie (Bernard Abramson)
Born: 11/3/1923, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 8/14/2010, Newhall, California, U.S.A.
Bernie Abramson's westerns - still photographer, cinematographer:
The Alamo - 1960 [still photographer]
Sergeants 3 - 1962 [still photographer]
The Glory Guys - 1965 [still photographer]
The War Wagon - 1967 [still photographer]
The Wild Bunch - 1969 [still photographer]
The Great Bank Robbery - 1969 [still photographer]
There Was a Crooked Man - 1970 [still photographer]
Flap - 1970 [cinematographer]
Against a Crooked Sky - 1975 [cinematographer]
Pony Express Rider - 1976 [cinematographer]
Baker's Hawk - 1976 [cinematographer]
Ghost Rock - 2004 [cinematographer]