first began working in nude photography, the genre for which she would eventually become renowned as an image-maker, in 1934.
Born in Berlin in 1905, she had moved to the USA in 1927, and was influenced by the likes of Edward Weston early in her photographic career (who she met in California in 1935 and became friends with). Bernhard’s work – often black and white Modernist nudes, with a sensual, sometimes erotic, focus on the female body – was accomplished and acclaimed during her decades-long career. She was prolific, and lived until 101. “My quest, through the magic of light and shadow, is to isolate, to simplify, and to give emphasis to form with the greatest clarity,” she said.