Ruth Gruber: Witness for the World

Sometimes a camera takes pictures. Sometimes it dispenses justice. Ruth Gruber on the shocking photos she made of the Exodus 1947

Ruther Gruber AP
Ruther Gruber AP

I first picked up a camera as a student. When I looked through that Leica for the first time, it was wonderful. Later I got a Rollei. I was so startled when I looked in it. You could see a whole scene there. I didn’t think a camera could do that. People ask, “Did you take a course?” Who took courses? You just learned by doing. The camera taught me.