Ruth Steinberg is a visual artist who uses the photography and other media to open doors of conversation about challenging topics such a death and dying, aging, and illness. Through visual storytelling she examines facets of dignity, resilience, and presence, particularly with the elderly and other less-seen populations. Her work has been shown across North America and internationally including the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa, LACP: Centre of Photography in California, PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont, and FotoNostrum, Mediterranean House of Photography in Barcelona. In 2017, as part of an intergenerational chain of mentorship, Steinberg was selected to exhibit in Continuum: Karsh Award artists welcome a new generation. In 2022 she received the first place for the Figureworks Exhibition and in 2023 she was a Photolucida Critical Mass 200 finalist.
Although not a documentarian Steinberg takes a narrative approach to topics that pertain to our current social climate, such as loneliness and isolation, medical assistance in dying, and gender dysmorphia, reflecting personal stories through images. Over the years photography has become a way for her to engage in social activism by forging connections between viewers and the individuals featured in her stories.