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 Ruth Bernhard

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Ruth Bernhard

  • Birth 14 Oct 1905 Germany
  • Death 18 Dec 2006 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 17092414

Photographer. Her black-and-white images of compelling shapes from female nudes to seashells are regarded as some of the finest in still-life photo art. Her contemporaries, including Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Wynn Bullock and Dorothea Lange, called her "the greatest photographer of the nude." One of her most famous photographs, "In the Box, Horizontal" (1962), shows a sleeping woman stretched sensuously in a rectangular box, wearing only a headband. Her art has been displayed in international galleries and museums since 1935. From 1968 to 1976, she was an instructor in creative photography at the University of California, San Francisco. She has also taught numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States and Europe. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a permanent collection of her work on display. In 1984, she received the distinguished, Women in Photography International Award. She died of natural causes at age 101.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 20 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17092414
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Bernhard (14 Oct 1905–18 Dec 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17092414, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Unknown.