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 Heavens (Radius Books, 2018), 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).
Denver Art Museum. Barbara Bosworth: Quiet Wonder (March 13, 2015 – September 20, 2015). https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/barbara-bosworth-quiet-wonder
Peabody Essex Museum. Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth (April 14,2012 – March 31, 2013). https://www.pem.org/exhibitions/natural-histories-photographs-by-barbara-bosworth
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth (June 19, 2008 – November 11, 2008). https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/bosworth
Princeton University Art Museum. Photographs by Barbara Bosworth (March 14 – June 18, 2000). https://pr.princeton.edu/news/00/q1/0317-bosworth.htm
Musee Magazine. Review: The Meadow by Barbara Bosworth and Margot Anne Kelley. https://museemagazine.com/culture/2016/8/3/review-the-meadow-by-barbara-bosworth-and-margot-anne-ke lley
Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook of the Year 2016 nomination. The Meadow. https://aperture.org/blog/photobook-awards-shortlist/
Conscientious Magazine. Barbara Bosworth’s Heavens by Jorg Colberg. https://cphmag.com/bosworths-heavens/
Barbara Bosworth looks slowly and observes the landscape – SF MoMA. https://www.sfmoma.org/watch/barbara-bosworth-looks-slowly-and-observes-the-landscape/
New England Trail Artist-in-Residence: Barbara Bosworth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RmmG–A3qc
Written interviews and more
Barbara Bosworth’s best photograph: midsummer moon over Boston. By Edward Siddons. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/06/barbara-bosworth-best-photograph-midsummer-m oon-over-boston
The Modern Art Notes Podcast
Episode No. 406: Apollo’s Muse, Barbara Bosworth. https://manpodcast.com/portfolio/no-406-apollos-muse-barbara-bosworth/
Denver Art Museum – The Creative Benefits of Taking Your Time – Q&A with photographer Barbara Bosworth. https://denverartmuseum.org/article/creative-benefits-taking-your-time-qa-barbara-bosworth