Ruth-Marion Baruch: Retrospective

Visions of Society: The Photographic Insight of Ruth-Marion Baruch

Currently on Display

Ruth-Marion Baruch was Born in Berlin in 1922, Baruch’s early challenges, including her parents’ divorce and her father’s sudden passing, laid the foundation for her remarkable resilience and creativity. Immigrating to the United States at a young age, she flourished academically, earning undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing and Journalism before becoming the first woman in the country to receive a Masters of Fine Arts in photography.

Baruch’s time at the California School of Fine Arts, where she studied alongside luminaries such as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange, deeply influenced her artistic vision. 

Today, Baruch’s legacy lives on through her extensive archive, housed alongside her husband’s at the Special Collections Library and Archive, University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work has been showcased in prestigious institutions worldwide, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, while also gracing private and public collections globally.

Join us as we celebrate Ruth-Marion Baruch’s indelible mark on the world of photography and honor her enduring legacy at The Breman.


June 9th | 2 PM

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion on Ruth-Marion Baruch’s influential work and her role in the California School of Photography. This event, chaired by Bob Yellowlees and featuring Jennifer McFarland and Teresa Mora, will be held at The Breman.