French born and San Francisco-based, France Ruffenach has never lost her accent. She grew up in Paris, looking at her great grandfather's photo albums from the early 1900's and was inspired to take photographs to share with the next generation. Decades later she is now a well-established photographer who loves any subject matter. From a beautiful newborn to a fuzzy peach, or a pristine ceramic bowl to an artisan baker, she captures the soul of what she sees. France loves stories, and creating visual narratives is her passion.
France's work has appeared in many national magazines, she has dozens of published books in print, and she enjoys collaborating on commercial campaigns of all scales. Nominated twice for James Beard Awards, her collection of 300 images from her native country and its regional foods in the cookbook entitled The Country Cooking of France, earned her the "best photography" accolade in 2008. When not shooting, France enjoys life with her family in San Francisco, indulging in a warm pain au chocolat, or exploring some new corner of the world.