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099 – Iconic Moments: Reliving NBA History Through the Lens of a Hall of Fame Photographer

Welcome to a very special sports photography episode of The Nerdy Photographer Podcast where I have the honor of sitting down with the legendary sports photographer, Andy Bernstein. With a career spanning over four decades, Andy and his company have captured iconic moments in the world of sports as the team photographer for the LA Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, and LA Dodgers.

Andy Bernstein is not just a sports photographer, he’s a storyteller. Through his lens, he has documented the triumphs, struggles, and emotions of athletes on and off the field. His career with the Lakers has covered the “Showtime” era with Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar through the Phil Jackson, Kobe, and Shaq era to the current Lebron James led Lakers.

In this episode, we will be diving into Andy’s incredible journey, discussing the challenges and rewards of capturing sports at the highest level. We will also explore insights into the evolving world of sports and sports photography.

Andy Bernstein’s work has not only graced the pages of magazines and newspapers, but it has also become a part of sports history. Join us as we delve into his extraordinary career and gain valuable insights from a true master of the craft.

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, aspiring photographer, or simply appreciate the power of visual storytelling, this episode is a must-listen. So grab your headphones, get ready to be inspired, and join us as we dive into the world of sports photography with the legendary Andy Bernstein.

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About My Guest

Andy Bernstein sports photographer and member of the basketball hall of fame

Like many of the professional athletes he photographs, Andrew D. Bernstein is recognized as an All-Star in his field. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named Bernstein a 2018 Curt Gowdy Award recipient, acknowledging his contributions to basketball media.

Andrew and his company, Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography, Inc., has served as team photographer for the LA Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers and LA Dodgers.

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Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

In addition, Bernstein holds the position of Director of Photography for STAPLES Center/ Arena and Microsoft Theater L.A. Live, the sports and entertainment complex in Los Angeles.Recognized as a highly-skilled and innovative action and portrait photographer, Bernstein was involved in the creation of NBA Photos in 1986, which is recognized as the worldwide leader in licensing of NBA photography. He was instrumental in the creation of the position of Senior Director of NBA Photos, a position he held from 1986 through 2011, and he continues to serve as the longest tenured league photographer. He is the key photographic contributor to NBA Entertainment’s global media platforms, which include, all league publications and NBA licensed products.  

Bernstein is a founding partner of a new media and events company called Legends Of Sport that celebrates legendary athletes, teams and moments in sports. Bernstein hosts a weekly podcast called “Legends Of Sport.” The show’s third season is co-produced and distributed by the Los Angeles Times and is available to download through the L.A. Times App and online.

You can see more of Andy’s work on his website, Instagram, or Twitter. The Legends of Sport podcast can be found on all major podcast platforms as well as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.


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