SPRINGFIELD, MASS – As the 2010 NBA Finals tip-off with the Boston Celtics facing the Los Angeles Lakers in what promises to be a very memorable series, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, boasts a timely exhibit of original portrait and action sports photography depicting memorable match-ups and moments in the recent history of the NBA Finals, shot by Andrew D. Bernstein, Senior Director, NBA Photos.
The solo exhibition, previously showcased in Los Angeles during the 2009 NBA Finals, covers images of the NBA Finals captured by the lens of Bernstein from 1983 through 2009. The exhibit is in its final weeks on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Bernstein studied communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California before beginning his long association with the NBA as a founding member of the league’s photo division. For almost 30 years he has played a major role in chronicling the NBA’s history photographically. His work frequently appears in national publications such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Sporting News, Time, and Newsweek. Bernstein’s work regularly greets visitors to NBA.com and other worldwide Internet sites and publications. Bernstein has photographed nearly 150 NBA Finals games, the most by any photographer in the league history, and has captured some of the greatest moments in basketball history, both on and off the court.
The exhibit consists of 30 photographs carefully selected by the photographer. “A lot of time and reminiscing went into choosing these photos,” said Bernstein. “Twenty-seven years of NBA Finals supplied me with an amazing collection of memorable moments.
The exhibit has been on display since last August. “I’ve enjoyed having my work displayed at the Hall of Fame, right in Western Massachusetts where my dream started,” added Bernstein. “The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of the sport. The recognition doesn’t get any better than this.”