Len Bernstein

Adjunct Instructor

Center for Creative Exploration



Len Bernstein is a photographer and art educator who has lectured and conducted workshops in museums and universities. He also taught in NYC high schools under a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. His images are in many private and public collections, including The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, and Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. His articles—published in the US and abroad—are informed by a careful study of the medium, and Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by Eli Siegel. His book, Photography, Life, and the Opposites, with a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Robert Coles, is based on this Aesthetic Realism principle: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.” Working with digital and film formats, Bernstein sees the photographic image as a precious object and as a democratic blueprint for how people hope to see the world they are meeting every day.


photo credit: Harriet Bernstein

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