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Ruth Bernhard collection

Identifier: AG 152

Scope and Contents

The Ruth Bernhard miscellaneous acquisitions collection consists of publications dated from 1959 to 1996, with the majority falling in the years 1980-1996. There is one series: Publications. These publications include magazines featuring articles about and including Ruth Bernhard and her work, catalogs of workshops including classes taught by Bernhard, catalogs for auctions featuring Bernhard’s photographs, and exhibition catalogs featuring Bernhard and her work.


  • 1959-1996


Language of Materials

Material in English, French

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement.

Biographical Note

Ruth Bernhard was born in 1905 in Berlin, Germany and is known for her still life and nude photography. She photographed both artistically and commercially and taught photography workshops and master classes beginning in 1967. Her father was Lucien Bernhard, a graphic designer and typographer, whom she followed to New York in 1927. She was greatly influenced by the art photography of Edward Weston and in 1953 she moved to San Francisco, California. She became known as an influential West Coast photographer and joined photographers Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Dorothea Lange, and Imogen Cunningham, among others, as a member of the groups f/64 and the San Francisco Photographers’ Roundtable. In 1971 she received the Dorothea Lange Award from the Oakland Art Museum. She died at home in San Francisco in 2006. In addition to the collection at the CCP, Bernhard’s life and career are housed in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Princeton University.


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Publications, including newspapers, magazines, exhibition catalogs, workshop and class catalogs, and auction advertisements, published between 1959 and 1996. The materials feature articles written about or including Ruth Bernhard and her photography, descriptions of workshops and classes taught by Bernhard, and exhibitions and auctions featuring her work. There are 24 total publications.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Publications, n.d., 1959-1996, 1 box

Custodial History

Gift of Ruth Bernhard in 1994.

Related Materials

AG186 Friends of Photography

AG38 Edward Weston

Processing Information

Processed by Tai Huesgen in 2019.

Ruth Bernhard collection 1959-1996
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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Tucson Arizona 85721 United States