Can you fathom the limitless amount of gems on the camera of a person who has sat (or squatted) courtside at an NBA team’s every game for three decades?
Andrew D. Bernstein, the Los Angeles Lakers team photographer for 35 years, has been snapping shots of everyone from Magic Johnson to Lonzo Ball throughout his tenure with The Lake Show, so you can imagine the amazingness that he has captured in the confines of both The Forum and the Staples Center. Whether it’s celebrities lining the floor seats of each game or milestones that have been reached by one of the countless Hall of Famers in purple and gold, Andy and his lens have been a constant in Lakers lore.
One gallery that stands out more than others is his collection of Kobe Bryant candid and action photos that he has accrued over the Black Mamba’s 20-year career, which, quantity-wise, is in the tens of thousands.
We recently sat down with Bernstein, a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee this upcoming September, in his office to check out both seen and never-before-seen photos of Kobe, as he provided the backstory on most of them. Bernstein also shares tons of tips for you aspiring photographers out there.