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Printed in the 1990s.
Series: San Francisco: Joseph G. Folberg and Vision Editions, 1993, a total edition of 48), a portfolio of 10 platinum-palladium prints, each signed in pencil in the margin, with title, date, edition '18/40,' and annotations in pencil on the reverse, printed in 1993.
Signature: Signed on the front of the print. Titled, dated and numbered on the back of the print.
During her lifetime, Ruth Bernhard shot almost exclusively in black-and-white, focusing on the sensuality of the human body, resulting in images that are charged with erotic power. In her silver gelatin print, Mother & Child, Joane (1963), a mother clutches her infant, lovingly cradling it to her. Their nude bodies, contours, and bare skin mirror one another, creating formal as well as emotional depth. Bernhard was born in Berlin and studied at the city’s Academy of Art before moving to the United States in 1927. She counted Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston among her colleagues and friends, and claimed the two photographers were responsible for showing her that the medium was capable of artistry. She also produced photographs for the Museum of Modern Art’s first exhibition catalogue.
German-American, 1905-2006, Berlin, Germany, based in New York, NY, USA