Ann Rosen (b. 1948), Iwasaki Family, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2002, From the series In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits, 2002-2010; hand-colored photographic image printed on Arches watercolor paper in painted frame, 41 ¼ x 40 3/8 x ¾ inches; Gift of the artist
Ann Rosen graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with a B.F.A. and studied printmaking, photography and alternative photographic processes with Nathan Lyons, Joan Lyons and John Wood at the Visual Studies Workshop, earning her M.F.A. there. Her influences were the emotional portraits of Diane Arbus, stark black and white portraits by Irving Penn, and Helen Levitt’s street shots portraying human pathos and joy.
Among her honors, Rosen received residencies at Artpark in Lewiston, NY; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Henry Street Settlement, NYC. In 2004, she received a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to develop her project, In the Presence of Family. In 2010, she received an additional grant to continue this project, creating a historic document of the families. In 2016, she received a grant from the Puffin Foundation to expand her work teaching digital photography to women living in shelters.
Solo exhibitions include Franklin Furnace, NYC, Unlike in Characters; New York Public Library, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits; Webster University, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits; Long Island University, Resnick Gallery, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits, and Farleigh Dickenson University, Portraits: Artists and their Families.
Group exhibitions include Appropriation & Syntax: The Use of Photography in Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Gets Married at the Museum of the City of New York, In-Sites VI: Making Our City Livable at Henry Street Settlement, In the Presence of Women: Living in Shelter at Five Myles Gallery, and What Keeps You Up at Night at CIIS, San Francisco.
Rosen’s book, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits, is in the library collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been written about in the Village Voice; New York Times; Newark Sunday Star Ledger; Brooklyn Courier; Brooklyn Eagle; Pfizer Journal and 11th Annual Brooklyn Pride Magazine. Rosen’s photographs and books are represented in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art Library, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Library, and Burchfield Penney Art Center.