Bernard Luc Ekstein
(1951 - 2008)

Bernard Luc Ekstein
Nickname: Luc

Paris, France
February 15, 1951

California, United States of America
November 5, 2008

Photography, Reading, Traveling
This site is dedicated to Luc Ekstein.

Bernard Luc Ekstein, 57 of Los Angeles, California, died Wednesday, November 5, after a courageous and inspiring battle with lung cancer. Luc was a fighter to the end. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his family at Cedars Sinai Hospital.

Luc was born February 15th, 1951 in Paris, France. His father, Bernard Ekstein, a Holocaust survivor of World War II, was a successful fashion designer in Paris. Bernard and Luc’s mother, Jacqueline Sagardoy, operated a custom clothing company in the Champs-Élysées area that pioneered in the women’s tailored suit, a fashionable trademark of the 1940’s.

Luc’s photography talent was apparent at an early age as he apprenticed for fashion photographers in Paris and London. At age 20, Luc was offered a position teaching photography at Bennett College in Milbrook, NY where he reunited with and eventually married Parisian high school classmate Elizabeth F. Kitchen. The two moved to Paris where Luc shot and edited two feature films with O.E.T. Productions: Muzzers and Stuck. Under their production company Luc & Lisa Inc. Luc wrote and directed the feature film Dream Center starring a young Hervé Villichez of Fantasy Island.

The Ekstein family with their young son, Christopher, settled in Los Angeles, CA in 1976. After a producing for Ed Pressman Productions on the 1977 film Teen Angel, Luc became a successful fashion and commercial photographer, traveling to Milan, Paris, and Rome. Luc photographed for Italian Vogue and Shape Magazine.

As a young man, Luc enjoyed sailing; purchasing a 50 foot sailboat he named Nightmoves, after the hit Bob Seger song. He sailed from Marina Del Rey across the Pacific Ocean to Tahiti and Hawaii.

In 1988, Luc began a catering company with wife Brigitte Wiltzer, which served ABC Television productions and the U2 ZooTV Tour. They later moved to Prescott, Arizona and opened critically acclaimed gourmet restaurant Siena.

For the past 10 years, Luc freelanced in Los Angeles; serving as a photographer, retouch expert and print color manager for California Apparel News. Luc’s commercial work for Catnap was exhibited in the Mudac Museum in Switzerland and was featured in and on the cover of “Luxury for Cats” published by teNeues. Luc also taught at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Luc’s survivors include in his son, Christopher Ekstein, daughter-in-law, Stacy Owens Ekstein and granddaughter Isabella Frances Ekstein, age 1, of Los Angeles, California; his mother Jacqueline Sagardoy of Paris, France; and his sister Maly Alcide, of Corsica. He is also survived by many who loved him dearly. We will never replace Luc, but his kind spirit, vitality and sense of humor touched all of those that knew him and will never wane. He will remain in our hearts, always and forever...

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iLasting Staff
November 25th, 2008
I'm Evelyne's Ekstein daugther, my sincery condolences.
Thieble Elisabeth (Family in France)
November 17th, 2008
Chris and Stacy are very warm hearted open people. I consider them very special friends of mine. I felt an instant kinship with them. I soon learned when I met Luc where Chris was gifted this virtue of accepting people as they are. The achievements that Luc gained in his life will never surpass the love, gentleness and nurturing that he gave to his son Chris. His reward and pride were the love and respect that I saw in his son's eyes and heard when he spoke of his father. If there was problem that the three of us couldn't figure out our own. Chris would say "Let talk to my Dad and see what he would suggest." What more can a person ask in their lives than to earn the love and respect of your family and friends who know that they can count on you to be there for them. He passed these virtues on to his son and quite possibly his lovely granddaughter Isabella whom he adored. When a special person leaves us. There is sense of loss. Even if the moments that we had with them were fleeting and few.
Michelle Foster (Family Friend)
November 16th, 2008
Dear Chris, Our thoughts are with you and we send love at this time of loss. From Shawn, Rupert and Christopher.
Shawn Tower (friend)
November 16th, 2008
My condolences, it is always sad to loose a parent. Love Huguette Caland
Huguette Caland (Friend)
November 14th, 2008
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