Ruth-Marion Baruch

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Ruth-Marion Baruch
Photo self portrait of Ruth-Marion Baruch.jpg
Self Portrait
Born1922 (1922)
Berlin, Germany
Died1997 (aged 74–75)
San Rafael, California
EducationUniversity of Missouri, Ohio University
Known forPhotography

Ruth-Marion Baruch (1922–1997) was an American photographer remembered for her pictures of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s. Baruch was in the first class of students at the California School of Fine Arts begun by Ansel Adams and Minor White after World War II.[1] These include a series on the Black Panther Party taken from July to October 1968 in collaboration with photographer Pirkle Jones,[2] and a series on the hippies of Haight-Ashbury. Baruch's photographs were exhibited in Perceptions at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1954 as well as Edward Steichen's New York Museum of Modern Arts exhibition, The Family of Man in 1955.[3]

Baruch was born in Berlin on June 15, 1922, and later moved to the United States, where she studied photography at Ohio University (receiving an MFA) and at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) in San Francisco.[4]

  • German; Immigrated to New York City in 1927 with her family
  • BA in English and Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1944
  • MA photography, Ohio University, 1946, "Ruth-Marion Baruch is Believed First to Get Master's Degree in Photography," Ohio University Post, Athens, Ohio, June 5, 1946.
  • Attends California School of Fine Arts, 1946-1949 (now the San Francisco Art Institute).
  • Studied with Ansel Adams, Minor White, Dorothea Lange, Homer Page, and Edward Weston at the CSFA.

Photographic essays[edit]

Her photographic essays include:

  • “Walnut Grove: Portrait of a Town," collaboration with Pirkle Jones, exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1964.
  • “Illusion For Sale,” San Francisco Museum of Art, 1965.[5]
  • Haight Ashbury, San Francisco's M.H. de Young Museum, 1968
  • A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers, collaboration with Pirkle Jones, exhibited de Young Museum, December 1968 through February 1969. This exhibition travels to the Studio Museum of Harlem in 1969.[6] The Vanguard: A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1970).


  1. ^ Comer, Stephanie; Klochko, Deborah; Gunderson, Jeff (2006). The Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
  2. ^ "The Black Panthers 1968: Photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones", University of California/Berkeley Art Museum, accessed December 14, 2011
  3. ^ Heick, William; Latour, Ira; Macauley, Cameron (2016). The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-1955. Steidl.
  4. ^ "Ruth-Marion Baruch", Lumière. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  5. ^ Frankenstein, Alfred (December 21, 1965). "Illusion for Sale Exhibition: San Francisco Museum of Art". San Francisco Chronicle.
  6. ^ Black Power Flower Power: Photographs by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch. The Pirkle Jones Foundation. 2012. pp. 11, 12, 13. ISBN 978-0-9819933-8-6.

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