Photograph by Ruth Bernhard
©1962 Ruth Bernhard. All rights reserved.
have some sad news to report. My long-time friend Ruth
Bernhard passed away peacefully at her home
in San Francisco Monday morning, December
18th. Ruth was 101 years young! Anne and I were deeply saddened
by the loss of our
friend, but find solace in the fact that Ruth lived such a remarkable life.
There are a number of subscribers to this email newsletter that experienced
Ruth's magical personality firsthand on workshops that we taught together over
the years. Those
of you who knew Ruth will understand completely when I say that Ruth was truly
one-of-a-kind. People who did not know her firsthand can find her inspiration
in the legacy of photographs she leaves behind.
career in photography spanned more than seven
decades. Her photographs always seemed to
be ahead of their time. Along with her amazing
talent as a photographer, Ruth was a gifted teacher. I first met
Ruth in 1974
when I was a student at a small workshop she conducted in Southern California.
From that very first experience, I knew that
Ruth was an exceptional person. I
feel privileged to have known her over these many years.
With Ruth's passing a bright light in the world of photography has been dimmed— but
only temporarily. Ruth's photographs will shine with great luminosity,
and beauty far into the future. Rather than try to describe more fully
what Ruth was about, I thought I would include some of her words— Recipe
For A Long and Happy Life— which she presented to all the attendees
at both her 90th and 100th birthday celebrations. I believe there is
wisdom to be found in Ruth's words. You can find Ruth’s recipe
addition, here are links to articles about Ruth’s rich life that appeared
in the December 19th San
Francisco Chronicle and the December 20th Los
Many will miss Ruth (including Anne and me), but no one will forget her.
As Ruth said many times, she is now “flying with the angels.” I
think the angels will soon be seeing things with new eyes!
Here’s to you Ruth,
RECIPE FOR A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE
1. Never get used to anything
2. Hold on to the child in you
3. Keep your curiosity alive
4. Trust your intuition
5. Delight in simple things
6. Say "Yes" to life with passion
7. Fall madly in love with the world
8. Remember: Today is the Day!
October 14, 1995
If everyone could love life,
the world would be a better place.