Robert Bevan, ‘Picture perfect: First Look at the new V&A Photography Centre’, Evening Standard, 10 October 2018
The V&A is increasing its dedication to photography with the first phase of its £3 million Photography Centre opening on Friday, doubling the floor space previously devoted to the discipline. […] 150 cameras in cases flank the entrance to the centre’s doors proper. Once these are opened, you are presented with the full length of gallery 100, renamed the Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery in recognition of the generosity of the Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, the first major supporter of the museum’s Photography Centre.
Diane Smyth, ‘V&A’s new Photography Centre now open’, British Journal of Photography, 10 October 2018
London's prestigious museum releases new images of the centre, which more than doubles its existing space. It ‘brings to life some of the V&A’s most beautiful original picture galleries and provides a permanent home for one of the finest and most inspiring collections of photography in the world,’ says Martin Barnes, senior curator of photographs at the V&A. ‘The Photography Centre encompasses more than a new gallery space. Beyond its walls lies an associated programme of research, digitisation, learning activities, publications, exhibitions, access to items in stores, and collaborations with other UK and international partners.’
Hannah McGivern, ‘V&A Reveals Plans for Photography Centre’, The Art Newspaper, 2 June 2017
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has released the first rendering of its future photography centre, which is planned to open in autumn 2018. David Kohn Architects are converting four 19th-century picture galleries into a versatile, climate-controlled space for the museum’s expanded photography holdings, displaying original photographs, equipment and archival materials ranging from the 1820s to the present. The image shows one of the largest galleries, to be named the Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery in recognition of a major donation by the California-based Bern Schwartz Family Foundation.
Danny Spector, 'The Schwartz Dynasty', Yedioth Ahronoth, 10 June 2012
What do Shimon Peres, Zubin Mehta, Prince Charles, Teddy Kollek, Moshe Dayan and Margaret Thatcher have in common—all of them together with additional personalities and great leaders from around the world—were photographed years ago by Bern Schwartz. His photographs are now being exhibited at two exhibits in Israel.
Ctein, 'Printing for Ronny', The Online Photographer, 6 June 2012
Ken Tanaka's comment to my column of two weeks ago reminded me that I've never written about my experiences printing Bernard Lee Schwartz's portrait photographs. The Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation, guided by his widow Ronny Schwartz, has been my largest and oldest printing client; we have a relationship that now goes back 30 years. Sadly, I never met Bern; the relationship started four years after his death.
'Hoover Receives Unique Portrait Collection from the Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation', Hoover Institution, 13 December 2011
The Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation has donated a collection of thirty-four portraits to the Hoover Institution. Among the images are those of royalty, heads of state, diplomats, military leaders, and literary figures. Michael Schwartz, president of the Schwartz Foundation and son of Bernard “Bern” Schwartz, coordinated the donation.
Julie Bloom, 'Britain’s Portrait Gallery Gains Collection', The New York Times, 14 July 2008
Twiggy, Margaret Thatcher, Rudolf Nureyev and Henry Moore are just a few of the famous subjects in a collection of 140 photographs of notable Britons recently donated to the National Portrait Gallery by the Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation, BBC News reported.
Anita Singh, 'Angela Rippon Features in National Portrait Gallery Images', The Telegraph, 10 July 2008
Angela Rippon, the television presenter, kicks up her heels in this striking image from a new collection of photographs donated to the National Portrait Gallery.
Terence Pepper, 'Bern Schwartz Photographs. Portraits of the 1970s', Face to Face, 25, Spring 2008
As part of the celebrations for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, the prestigious Bond Street gallery P. and D. Colnaghi held a fund-raising exhibition showing new portraits of leading members of Britain's cultural and political elite.
Harvey V. Fondiller, 'Shows We’ve Seen. Portraiture by Bern Schwartz', Popular Photography, August 1983, 80
It's not at every photo exhibit that a critic renews an acquaintanceship with a duke whose photograph is on display, but this was a special occasion: a preview of Focus on Great Britons: Portraits by Bern Schwartz, Lever House, New York (15 April – 12 May 1983).
Mike Cline, ‘A Gallery of Greats. The Amazing Portraiture and Life of Bern Schwartz', San Diego Magazine, October 1980, 142-147
Bernard Lee Schwartz began a career in portrait photogrpahy when he was 60. Before the end of that career, at 64, he managed to take pictures of an unprecedented variety of well-known pepople throughout the world, and became one of the more important photographers of his time.
Philippe Halsman, 'Bern Schwartz. A Yankee Photographer Who Became the Toast of England', American Photographer, July 1979, 22-31
When Bern Schwartz turned 60, he decided to dedicate most of his energy to his favorite hobby—photography. He wanted to learn portrait photography as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. He started by learning its basics from the portrait photogrpaher Anthony Di Gesu in 1944. But Bern had seen my work in magazines over the years and had made up his mind to become my disciple.
Trevor Gett, 'Portrait Photographer . . . Bern Schwartz', Australian Photography, May 1979, 44-49.
A successful businessman with a lifelong interest in photography, Bern Schwartz has astonished the world with the success of his ambitious plans to take colour portraits of the leading decision and taste makers in English society, and elsewhere in the world.
Larry Kramer, 'Parting Shots: The Many Faces of Bern Schwartz', The Washington Post Magazine, 11 March 1979, 10-16
Starting from scratch at age 60 and working mostly in Britain, American businessman Bern Schwartz become an accomplished portrait photographer in only four years, but died before he could reap the praise at home.
Ian Jack, 'Flattery will Get You Faces', The Sunday Times Magazine, 9 October 1977, 90-94
Bern Schwartz, an American businessman in his sixties, has come into photography late in life, yet he has persuaded almost every famous British personality to sit for him. On page 94 Ian Jack meets the man who believes in making his subjects look their colourful best.
Television & Radio Interviews
1977- Bern Schwartz interviewed for BBC Television (3 minutes)