BOLDLY SIGNED BY RUTH BERNHARD
(BERNHARD, Ruth) MITCHELL, Margaretta K. Ruth Bernhard. Between Art & Life. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (2000). Oblong quarto, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. $600.
First edition of this illustrated biography of photographer Ruth Bernhard, boldly signed by her on the half title.
Based on a series of interviews between Bernhard and Mitchell, this is the first biography of the German-born photographer and teacher. Known for capturing the effects of “unusual, glowing light upon both the nude female body and common objects, from Life Savers to teapots,” Bernhard’s work has been characterized as “hauntingly sensual but classically reserved” (McDarrah & McDarrah, 40).