Ruth Bernhard
[Photographer, b. 1905, Berlin, d. 2006, San Francisco.]

 If you are not willing to see more than is visible, you won’t see anything. 
 I never look for a photograph. The photograph finds me and says, “I'm here!” and I say, “Yes, I see you. I hear you.” 
 If you are not passionately devoted to an idea, you can make very pleasant pictures but they won’t make you cry. 
 I always said “yes” to everything. 
 Fall in love. Every day. With everything. With life. If you can fall in love, you can be a photographer. I think that is absolutely essential. 
 Often I have struggled for days to get the image of the photograph to overlap the spirit I see. It is an awesome responsibility, and a lonely one. 
 It is my aim to transform the complexities of the figure into harmonies of simplified form revealing the innate reality, the life force, the spirit, the inherent symbolism. 
 I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help. 
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