Barbara Bosworth is a photographer whose large-format images explore both overt and subtle relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world. Whether chronicling the efforts of hunters or bird banders or evoking the seasonal changes that transform mountains and meadows, Bosworth’s caring attention to the world around her results in images that similarly inspire viewers to look closely.
Bosworth grew up in Novelty, Ohio. She currently lives in Massachusetts, where she is a professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Over her long career, Bosworth has photographed in both black and white and color. Her single images display a generous attention to small facts, while her large-scale triptychs reveal a panoramic awareness, one that lets viewers glimpse relationships between frames across a wide field. While all of Bosworth’s projects remind viewers not only that we shape the rest of nature but that it also shapes us.
Bosworth’s work has been widely exhibited, notably in recent retrospectives at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. Her publications include, The Meadow (Radius Books, 2015), Natural Histories (Radius Books, 2013), Trees: National Champions (MIT Press; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 2005) and Chasing the Light (Nightwood Press, 2002).
AI-AP - The 2016 List of Lists, featuring The Meadow.
Muybridge's Horse - A blog entry featuring Barbara Bosworth's images of bird banders from Birds and Other Angels.
Muybridge's Horse - A blog entry featuring Barbara Bosworth's images of animals from One Star and a Dark Voyage, and Natural Histories.
Musee Magazine - Review of The Meadow, by Charles Pryor for Musee Magazine.
Barbara Bosworth's Triptychs - Essay by Robert L. Herbert.
NPR - Beautiful Bird Exhibit Spotted at Smithsonian, by Susan Stamberg.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - Video interview with Barbara Bosworth, on using a "slow look" to photograph birds.
New England Trails Artist Residency - Video interview with Barbara Bosworth, on photographs made along the New England Trail.
Peabody Essex Museum - Website for Barbara Bosworth's Peabody Essex exhibition, Natural Histories, April 14, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
To Be at the Farther Edge blog - Selected blog entries written for Barbara Bosworth's series, To Be at the Farther Edge, Photographs Along the New England Trail.
The Boston Globe - Photographer Barbara Bosworth is a Trail Gazer, by Cate McQuaid.
Smithsonian American Art Museum - Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth, slideshow.
A Life's Work: David Licata's Blog - Interview with Barbara Bosworth about Trees: National Champions.
The Boston Globe - Barbara Bosworth's Photographs Show Nature and Family, by Mark Feeney.
Phoenix Art Museum - Website for Bosworth's Phoenix Art Museum exhibition, Human Nature: The Photographs of Barbara Bosworth, April 19 to July 27, 2008.
Princeton University Art Museum - Press release about Bosworth's March 14 through June 18, 2000 Princeton exhibition.
To contact Barbara Bosworth, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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