Kerstin Bernhard

Kerstin Bernhard (1914–2004) is maybe mostly remembered as a pioneer of food photography in Sweden. She is lesser known as a fashion photographer, but the fact is that Bernhard was early one of the few women behind the camera in a genre that was dominated by men for a long time.

Her teacher was photographer by the Court Ferdinand Flodin, amongst others; she started her own company in 1938 and worked mostly with studio portraits until she changed to doing fashion features for Newspaper magazines like Idun and Vecko-Journalen. 

Kerstin Bernhard’s way of handling light, crops and focus make her fashion pictures still feel artless and natural. Nordiska muséet acquired Kerstin Bernhard’s archive in 1994, and she is represented in the collections of Moderna muséet.