Christopher Knight, Herald Examiner, 1988
Cindy Bernard’s black and white pictures call upon the twin traditions of documentary and of straight photography. With the critically analytic hand of a conceptual artist, however, she deftly turns both of those modes inside out. A telling consideration of photography ensues….
…The tension between fact and commentary that characterizes a documentary picture dramatically abuts the tension between the recognizably obvious and strangely fresh in straight photography. Suddenly all such viewpoints are starkly revealed as theoretical and conceptual. Given our easy willingness to look at photographs and unthinkingly suppose we are seeing the “real,” this is no small achievement… – Christopher Knight, May 1988