Thursday 4/28/2005

Ruth Bernard

In 1929, when she was 24, Ruth Bernhard took a job as darkroom assistant to a New York magazine, where her boss was Ralph Steiner. She soon left, using the cash she got on leaving to buy an 8x10 camera. Starting with portraits of her father's friends, she built up a business as a freelance.
In 1935 she met Edward Weston. His pictures transformed her view of photography. She moved to Carmel to study with him, later opening a studio in Hollywood before moving to San Francisco in 1953. Best known for her images of the female nude, Bernhard has also produced some very fine still life and other images.

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