The Heavens - Conscientious Photography Magazine

These days, it’s hard to come up with something that unites us in our fractured, ever more decaying societies that are slowly eaten up by a mix of corporate greed, political cynicism, and internal rot. The only things that still stand above the fray are celestial bodies, most of them too far away for us to be able to despoil them as well. Stars, planets, and moons continue to shine their light on us, however pathetic a scene we produce down here, and we revere them for the beauty of their spectacle, for their astronomical sublime.

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Barbara Bosworth at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

From Starfield to Mars: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy

Opening September 14, 2018, 6-8 pm.
September 14, 2018 - January 20, 2019

This exhibition celebrates the artistic legacy of the significant early twentieth century sculptor, Paul Manship and marks the transformation of his former summer house and studio, Starfield, by the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS), into a location that hosts artists-in-residence at the spectacular Gloucester, Massachusetts, site.

The first of the two interconnected sections of the exhibition, Art Deco at Andover, includes sculpture drawn from the Addison’s collection combined with models, studies, and ephemera from the artist’s estate to illustrate Manship’s working methods. The second section, Starfield through Contemporary Lenses, presents new work by distinguished photographers, Barbara Bosworth, Justin Kimball, S. Billie Mandle, and Abelardo Morell. The result of the artists’ year-long explorations of the house, grounds, outbuildings, and archives, these bodies of work reflect four unique perspectives and aesthetic approaches to the interpretation of Manship’s home.

More information here.

Artist Talks: Starfield through Contemporary Lenses 
The first MARS artists-in-residence will discuss their work and their experiences exploring the Manship estate. 
Barbara Bosworth and S. Billie Mandle: Sunday, October 28, 2:00 pm 
Justin Kimball and Abelardo Morell: Sunday, December 2, 2:00 pm 

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Announcing The Heavens and Deluxe Edition

A follow-up to her successful 2015 book The Meadow, this project focuses on Boston-based photographer Barbara Bosworth’s (born 1953) images of the moon, sun and sky. Made over the past several years with an 8×10 camera, the star images are hour-long exposures with the camera mounted on a clock drive. The sun and moon images are made with a telescope attached to her camera.
Speaking of her inspiration for these images, Bosworth writes: “Every clear night of the summer my father would go out for a walk to look at the night sky. Many nights I would join him. We knew the North Star, and the Big Bear, but the rest became our own. At times we stood still for an hour or more to watch for shooting stars. We had no agenda. It was all about amazement at a sky full of stars. With this sense of wonder, I began making photographs of the Heavens. In these days of the Hubble Telescope and its spectacular imagery from deep space, I wanted a reminder of the mystery of our own night sky.”
The book also includes facsimile editions of three artist’s books that Bosworth has made as a nod to Galileo’s 17th-century publications in which he first observed the skies through a telescope.

Available from Radius Books

The Heavens - press release

The Heavens - Deluxe Edition press release

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Datz Press releases three new books by Barbara Bosworth at the New York Art Book Fair


"Photographer Barbara Bosworth documented many nights of moonlight. This book, she gathered the images of moonlight and dedicated to Rosemary, a friend for 40 years, who has passed away last year. " More images and information here

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Barbara Bosworth’s photography beholding the universe and all its wonders, and Dong-ju Yun’s poetry confessing his love to all dying things make up “Heaven, Wind, Stars and Poems.” The works were featured at Datz Museum of Art from April 8 to July 2, 2017. These two artists relay with separate but converging visions our finite existence in an infinite universe. This book, published by Datz Press, conveys the complementary visions of these two artists. More images and information here.

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Barbara Bosworth's artist book, Fireflies is a collection of images of fireflies from Barbara's project, The Meadow. This book is made in conjunction with the exhibition Heaven, Wind, Stars and Poems exhibited from April 8, 2017 to July 2, 2017 at the Datz Museum of Art in Korea.

Barbara started to photograph fireflies from the time she begin her project The Meadow. She found an expert of fireflies and walked the meadow with her and took pictures. More images and information here. 

June 22-23, 2017 - Plymouth University's "Territories" summer symposium

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On June 22 and 23, Barbara Bosworth will be participating in Plymouth University's "Territories" summer symposium. She will be discussing the photographs from The Meadow.  More images from The Meadow can be found here.

"Possession is a necessary condition when space is framed as ‘territory’, whereas landscape may be considered in purely aesthetic terms. When landscape is territory, we can think of a ‘territorial gaze’, a possessive look of privilege, of ownership, of control, with an implied need to defend or conquer that bounded space. Territory, therefore, is always political, a situation of power relations."

More information about the symposium can be found here.

August 3, 2017 - Colby College Art and Land Symposium

On August 3, 2017, Barbara Bosworth will be participating in the 2017 Art and Land Symposium at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Barbara will discuss her project, To Be at the Farther Edge: Photographs Along the New England Trail

More information about a limited edition book of the work can be found here, or by emailing 

Tickets and more information can be found here, and the full event schedule can be found here.

The discussion schedule is as follows on August 3, 2017:

10:45-11:30: Landscape Photographers: Early and Modern Perspective

Carleton Watkins: A New History of the Yosemite Idea 
Tyler Green, author of a forthcoming Carleton Watkins biography (UC Press)

To Be At The Farther Edge: Photographs Along the New England Trail
Barbara Bosworth, Professor of Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Moderator: Sarah Peskin

11:30-12:00 Morning Panel Discussion: Beddell, Bosworth, Braddock, Green and Wilmerding Moderators: Sarah Peskin and Alan Braddock

Heaven, Wind, Stars and Poems, now open at Datz Museum of Art

"Datz Museum of Art is happy to present a special solo exhibition by American photographer Barbara Bosworth, who has been introduced to Korean viewers through the exhibitions “Flow” and “DARKNESS”, and the book Behold. The artist’s photographic works, which look warmly upon the small lights of nature—the sun, the moon, stars and fireflies, sparkling far away in space or in the woods—will be exhibited together with poetry by the late poet Yoon Dong-ju. Through these two artists, who loved sky, wind and stars, and sang about their love through poetry and photography, spectators will be able to enjoy the beautiful artistic harmony between East and West."

Heaven, Wind, Stars and Poems is open April 8, 2017 - July 2, 2017.

More information can be found at The Datz Museum website.

More images from this series can be viewed here.

The Meadow selected as Time Lightbox Best Photo Book of 2016

Barbara Bosworth's book, The Meadow, was recently selected as a TIME Lightbox Best Photobook of 2016, by photographer Martin Parr.

Parr writes, "This beautifully produced book, which examines a small plot of meadow, is a real gem. From misty autumnal landscapes to spring flowers, all seasons are celebrated. these images are supplemented with a fine text, assorted inventories and thorough appendixes of things like what birds were spotted with their dates. It is very re-assuring that one small plot can be so lovingly explored and it is the thoroughness of this that makes this book so compelling."

The Meadow selected for 2016 ParisPhoto - Aperture Photo Book of the Year Shortlist


Barbara Bosworth's book, The Meadow, published by Radius Books, has been selected for the 2016 Paris Photo - Aperture Photo Book of the year shortlist.

The Meadow is a luxurious book object and multidisciplinary exploration - visual, literary, and scientific - of a single meadow in Carlisle, Massachusetts, by photographer Barbara Bosworth and writer Margot Anne Kelley, with support from botanists, entomologists, and historians. Senf praises Bosworth's keen vision of how the natural world implicitly reflects the engagement of humans, "Even in scenes we don't imagine having a human presence, it is present," Senf says. "Bosworth beautifully acknowledges there is no such thing as 'nature' without humankind. We're interwoven." The book's design mirrors this concept: from text pages on uncoated short-trimmed paper - tipped-in among the photographs, and sometimes even bisecting images - to the booklet of poetry tucked inside a pocket of the French-fold dust jacket, to the appendix of scientific recordings. Through these collected findings, Senf says, the reader experiences "an emotional and intellectual engagement with the place." 

- The PhotoBook Review, 2016

The shortlist selection was made by Ann-Christin Bertrand, Curator, C/O Berlin; David Campany, independent curator and writer; Lesley A. Martin, Creative Director, Aperture Foundation and Publisher, The PhotoBook Review; Becky Senf, Chief Curator and Norton Family Curator of Photography, Center for Creative Photography at Woodstock; and Christoph Wiesner, Artistic Director, Paris Photo. 

It will be included in a traveling exhibition, along with all other nominated publications at the following locations:

United States

Aperture Gallery, New York
December 10, 2016 - February 4, 2017

Palm Springs Photo Festival, California
May 7 - 12, 2017

College of Art and Design, Lesley University,
Cambridge, Massachusetts

August 25 - October 21, 2017


Ivorypress, Madrid
November 29,2016 - January 19, 2017

Dusseldorf Photo Weekend, Germany
February 3-5, 2017

Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow
May 2017

Musee des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
June 17 - October 15, 2017




More News...

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.