Ann Rosen graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with a BFA and the Visual Studies Workshop with a MFA, studying with Nathan Lyons, Joan Lyons and John Wood. She studied printmaking, photography and alternative photographic processes. Her influences were the emotional portraits of Diane Arbus, stark B&W portraits of Irving Penn and Helen Levitt’s street shots portraying human pathos and joy.
In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits, 2002-2010, portray how families are transformed through biracial adoption, LGBTQ parenting and intermarriage.
In the Presence of Women, 2012- present, portray women living in homeless shelters. These black and white photographs highlight their resilience.
She received residencies at Artpark, NY, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Henry Street Settlement, NYC and most recently, 2018, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester. Rosen 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 shelter.
Exhibitions include Brooklyn Museum of Art, Appropriation & Syntax: The Use of Photography in Contemporary Art; Museum of the City of New York, New York Gets Married; Henry Street Settlement, In-Sites VI: Making Our City Livable; Five Myles Gallery, In the Presence of Women: Living in Shelter; CIIS, San Francisco, What Keeps You Up at Night; Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 50 in 50. Solo exhibitions include Franklin Furnace, NYC, Unlike in Characters; NYC Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits; Webster University, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits; LIU, Resnick Gallery, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits, and Farleigh Dickenson University, Portraits: Artists and their Families.
Rosen’s book, In the Presence of Family: Brooklyn Portraits, is in the permanent library collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been written about in the Village Voice; NY 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 permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art Library, NYC; Albright-Knox Gallery and Library, Buffalo, NY; and Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY.
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