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Ruth Bernhard: The Eternal Body : A Collection of Fifty Nudes - Centennial Edition Hardcover – October 1, 1986

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ISBN-13: 978-0961651510 ISBN-10: 0961651512 Edition: 1st

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Outstanding...the greatest photographer of the nude. Ansel Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Margaretta Mitchell first became interested in Ruth Bernhard's work in 1979 while preparing for her book, Recollections: Ten Women of Photography, and curating the traveling exhibition which followed. A dedicated photographer herself, Mitchell is the autho

Ruth Bernhard Ruth Bernhard, now in her late eighties, has been honored with exhibitions in prestigious museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico. Her work has also been acquired extensively by universities and private c --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Photography West Graphics; 1st edition (October 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961651512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961651510
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 11.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,035,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Collector on July 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
When Ruth Bernhard turned 100, this book was reprinted as a Centennial Edition to celebrate. Published in a limited edition of only 1000 copies (hardcover) it features beautifully embossed end papers and minor editorial changes. It is the best version of this book to buy if you are a collector of photographic books. Ruth signed copies immediately before her death and those are available from the publisher.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
For those who are interested in inspiring portrayal of the human body, this book is a must! It is one of the finest collections of female nudes ever done. The images, reproduction, and paper are all superb. The book clearly deserves more than five stars!
The images in this book would garner an R rating if the book were a motion picture.
Ms. Bernhard takes a different approach to nude photography, partly in reaction to the exploitive work that some men do. She says, "I photograph a woman as part of the universe." She feels that "a minute insect, a mountain range, a human body -- all share equal significance." As a result she notes that "much of my work shares a similar intention [to a Japanese Haiku]." She wants to "illuminate the innate life force and spirit as well as the underlying remarkable bone structure." She looks on these photographs as being similar to the problem of composing a still life. She wants to create a "heightened emotional response" and is "deeply aware of my spiritual connection with it." She is responding to a "great yearning for balance and harmony beyond the realm of human experience, reaching for the essence of oneness with the Universe."
Margaretta Mitchell (no relation) points out that the work stands primarily for going "beyond cultural stereotypes of women." In doing so, Ms. Bernhard has created "focused meditations." She "directs her forms with studio lighting where the model is transfigured by light into sculpture." As a result, you see an "ideal radiant form." She is one of the "masters of the subtleties of lighting." The work evokes much of the majesty of Michaelangelo, Rodin, and Henry Moore.
Finally, from Ms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Archie Bishop on March 5, 2013
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Nice photos by one of the old masters of nude photography. My only complaint is that the quality of the photographic reproduction is not what one expects for a photography book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuck on May 15, 2013
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This book underscores Ruth Bernhard's command of the nude. Excellent posing and lighting. Her work stands up well to any later figure studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikael Wiley on September 11, 2013
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If you're interested in collecting the more classical masters I would highly recommend this book. Great nudes from a master of lighting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Metts on March 4, 2014
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It was worth the money to get inside her head a bit. the pictures are lovely. I would buy it again if interested in the subject.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Wu on May 12, 2007
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I recently purchased this book and why did I wait this long? All I can say is breathtaking. Being a photographer who sometimes does nudes for personal project, it is a challenging task to compose and light the human body avoiding from making it "pornlike" or overtly sexual. Each style has its own place in the marketplace; however, the former requires much more skills than just a good looking model.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maine Boy on July 9, 2014
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This is a very nice book featuring a number of photographs by the very talented Ruth Bernhard. Anyone who loves fine photography and excellent figure studies will really enjoy this book.
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