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Ruth-Marion Baruch Photographs and Papers MS 19
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Ruth-Marion Baruch (June 15, 1922-October 11, 1997) was a documentary photographer, poet, and educator who was most known for her 1960s photographic series The Black Panthers and Haight-Ashbury, the former of which she collaborated on with her husband Pirkle Jones, who was also a documentary photographer and educator. The collection primarily consists of photographic prints and contact sheets, in addition to correspondence and other papers related to photographic projects and exhibitions.
Ruth-Marion Baruch (June 15, 1922-October 11, 1997) was a documentary photographer, poet, and educator who was born in Berlin, Germany. She immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1927 and spent her childhood in New York City. When she was fourteen, Baruch wrote and staged her first play at New York City's Temple Emanu-El entitled Middle Ages Returning. In 1944, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing and literary criticism as well as a Bachelor of Journalism, both from University of Missouri. In 1946, she became the first recipient of a Master’s in Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Ohio. She wrote her thesis on photographer Edward Weston, under whom she apprenticed and with whom she became friends after relocating to California. The thesis was titled Edward Weston: The Man, the Artist, and the Photographer. After completing her graduate studies, Baruch relocated to San Francisco and began post-graduate studies in photography at the newly inaugurated fine art photography program founded by Ansel Adams at the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), now the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). While at CSFA, Baruch met fellow photographer Pirkle Jones who she married in 1949. Baruch and Jones lived in San Francisco for twenty years before moving in 1965 to their Mill Valley home designed by West Coast modernist architect Henry Schubart.
67 linear feet (73 boxes)
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