Ruth Bernhard Photography: Eternal Elegance

Ruth Bernhard 
The Eternal Body 

 We love the sensual photography by Ruth Bernhard which celebrates the female form.  We've listed some of our favorite photographs.  Ruth Bernhard (1905-2006) is widely considered to be one of the most significant photographers of the twentieth century. Ruth Bernhard was born in Berlin and studied at the Berlin Academy of Art. She moved to New York City when she was 22 and had her first exhibition titled "The Art of The Machine" at the Museum of Modern Art. She was hailed by Ansel Adams as "the greatest photographer of the nude". Ruth Bernhard was a prodigy in the photographic world, uniquely gifted to express light and the beauty of the natural form through her lens. For over half a century, Ruth Bernhard worked to "simplify, isolate, and give emphasis to form with greatest clarity" in her radiant photographs of the female nude. Her ethereal duotone photographs appear to be illuminated from within so that even the simplest lines of the human form, a draped torso, a curved neck, an angled limb, take on a complexity not often seen in work of this kind. Her artistic nude photographs elevate the soul and are a joy to behold. A master artist whose technical prowess placed her among the ranks of the greatest photographers of our time, Ruth Bernhard created lasting masterpieces of expression and sensitivity.

Enthusiasts of her photography should consider her book titled 'The Eternal Body', published by Chronicle and available through Amazon.