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."
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:
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,
August 25 - October 21, 2017
November 29,2016 - January 19, 2017
Dusseldorf Photo Weekend, Germany
February 3-5, 2017
Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
June 17 - October 15, 2017
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.