Photographs of Nudes 1978 - 2008
John Bernhard is a photographer with a unique vision to the nude figure; he endeavors to go beyond mere beauty and eroticism. To Bernhard the human body is an unexplored terrain. He approaches it with the eye of an adventurer, discovering new possibilities at every curve and turn, infusing the figure with new meaning. Through the play of light and shadow, as well as the superimposition of various incongruous images over his nude subjects, Bernhard adds an ethereal aesthetic element to his pictures that suggest spiritual transcendence and remind us with great poetic force that the flesh is transitory, and all that we desire is destined to return to the earth.
Body Work is the first complete collection of Bernhard's finest nudes featuring images from his early explorations ñ from his seldom seen early Skindream series to the transformation imagery of his best-known series Metamorphs. His latest work Bodily Change is published here for the first time.
A native of Switzerland, John Bernhard traveled North America extensively before settling in Houston, Texas. For more three decades he has chosen the medium of photography to explore the everyday world from new perspectives, breaking away into different pathways of artistic expression. He continues to devote all his energy taking photographs and bringing them together to enhance their meaning with visual interplay. His work has been published in numerous books and magazines and he has had many collective and one person exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. Bernhard resides in Houston where he has designed and built his studio and an art gallery.
Catalogue Raisonné Published February 03, 2014
AMERICA'S CALL JOURNAL Published March 03, 2013
Body Work II Published November 11, 2012
VANISHED Published February 28, 2012
Blue Marble Published April 12, 2010
INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Published July 21, 2009
ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY Published July 10, 2009
KNIGHT INLET Published July 08, 2009