Ruth Bernhard: Gift of the Commonplace. Introduction by Michael Kenna. Woodrose Publishing, Carmel Valley, 1996. 52 pp. Thin quarto 10.25 x 10 in./26 x 25.5 cm.) Deluxe limited edition of 40 copies + 4 AP copies. Clothbound with tipped-on silver gelatin cover image. SIGNED on half-title page. No jacket as issued. Black-and-white reproductions. Accompanied by silver gelatin print (shown at right), 'Skull and Rosary, 1945' (measures 13.75 x 11 in./35 x 28 cm.; signed on recto, with stamp and edition number on verso; enclosed in printed vellum folio with edition number). Print and book in custom clam shell case with title in gilt.
The deluxe edition of a volume produced to celebrate Bernhard's ninetieth birthday in 1995. This book collects thirty-five of Ruth Bernhard's still lifes. With an insightful and affectionate portrait of Bernhard by long-time friend and past photographic assistant Michael Kenna, the book spans a period of thirty-four years, including some never-before-published images and unique prints.