Ruth Bernhard  (American, 1905-2006) 

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Ruth Bernhard Biography
1905   Born in Berlin, Germany.
1927   Moved to New York City after studying at the Berlin Academy of Art.
1934   Began photographing women in the nude, which she would later become best known for
1935   Met Edward Weston, who changed her perception of photography.
1944   Met and became involved with artist and designer Evelyn Phimister, who she remained with for the next ten years.
1953   Moved to San Francisco and became a colleague of Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Minor White and Wynn Bullock
1967   Met United States Air Force Colonel Price Rice. They remained together until his death in 1999.
1981   Inducted into the National Women's Caucus for Art.
1986   Photography West published an acclaimed monograph of her nudes entitled The Eternal Body.
2006   Died in San Francisco on December 18 at age 101.
Selected Exhibitions
2009   G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway

Smith Anderson North, San Rafael, CA (solo)
2007   Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2006   Fahey/Klein Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia di Brescia, Brescia, Italy

Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)

Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2005   San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Museo de Arte Moderno, Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico

Halsted Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)

G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle Washington (solo)
2004   Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

Panopticon Gallery, Waltham, MA

Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany

Tokyo Photographic Culture Centre, Tokyo, Japan

John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2003   Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY

Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, CA

Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Ruth Bernhard and Imogen Cunningham - The Art of the Nude, John Stevenson Gallery, New York, NY
Literature
1996   Gift of the Commonplace. Carmel Valley, Calif.: Woodrose Publications / Center for Photographic Art
1994   San Francisco: Chronicle. Essay by Margaretta K. Mitchell.
1986   The Eternal Body: A Collection of Fifty Nudes. Carmel, Calif.: Photography West Graphics
1979   Collecting Light: The Photographs of Ruth Bernhard. Edited by James Alinder. Carmel, Calif.: Friends of Photography
1957   Van, Melvin, and Ruth Bernhard. The Big Heart. San Francisco: Fearon