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     I have learned the basis of all art from Aesthetic Realism. It is in this principle, stated by Eli Siegel: "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites."
      I had the honor to study in classes taught by Mr. Siegel, the most sensitive and knowledgable of scholars, and study now in classes taught by Ellen Reiss, the Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education.
      I want all photographers to experience the thrill of learning how such opposites as the immediate and the permanent, logic and emotion, simplicity and complexity are made one in a good photograph—and how we can learn from art to compose these opposites beautifully in our lives.
  David M. Bernstein
     As 2015 begins, I am proud and grateful to be celebrating my tenth year as videographer of "The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights" -- the oral history project of interviews with unsung pioneers conducted by journalist and Aesthetic Realism Associate Alice Bernstein. This project of the not-for-profit Alliance of Ethics & Art currently includes over 200 interviews, and has the honor to be included in the Library of Congress Civil Rights History Project online survey of collections and repositories. To see LOC web pages, click here.

At the left are some of the extraordinary people I have come to know in these past ten years. Shown from left to right in the top row: Judge Bernard Fielding, Ricardo Grijalva, Jack Hasegawa, Dabney Montgomery, and Barbra Pace Sears; in the bottom row: Dr. Samuel Siegel, Emmett Wigglesworth, Jefferson "Jeff" Williams, and Margaret Wiseman. To know more about them, visit the Alliance of Ethics and Art Oral History Database. Enjoy!

         —David M. Bernstein

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