Ruth Bernhard (October 14, 1905- December 18, 2006) was a German-born American photographer. In 1930 she learned photography and became a successful advertising photographer in New York. She met Edward Weston (1935) and moved to California, opening a portrait studio. Known for her superbly controlled studio compositions that personify classical, sculptural ideals of beauty. She has taught thousands of students through workshops worldwide. She died December 18th, 2006 in San Francisco.