Ruth Bernhard

San Francisco, CA

Hailed by Ansel Adams as “the greatest photographer of the nude,” Ruth Bernhard is an icon in the photographic world, both as an artist and an educator. Still active at 95, it is her art, not her age, which places her in the pantheon of the masters. Starting as a commercial photographer in NYC in 1927, Bernhard met Edward Weston while on a trip to California in 1935 and his work inspired her to the potential of photography as art. We were honored when Ruth journeyed from California to teach a Master class workshop that riveted her audience and left our vision forever changed. She had her first show at the Center in 1984 and continues to be an energetic supporter of CPW – sending new talent our way and auction gifts each year.