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Journeying within the Human Landscape

Karin Rosenthal

Journeying within the Human Landscape

Karin Rosenthal

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

12:30 AM

Hybrid Meeting (See Instructions/Get Zoom Link Emailed)

United Parish of Auburndale

64 Hancock Street

Auburndale, MA

Karin Rosenthal has photographed nudes in the landscape since 1975, finding resonances between body and nature first in traditional photography and, more recently, in digital photography. In this talk, she draws from a variety of series to convey the evolution and range of her motivations and explorations.

Emerging out of an earlier interest in portraiture and street photography, Karin’s nudes speak to the breadth of human nature, the fragility of our existence on this planet, and our profound connection to the natural world. Using an alchemy of light, water, and the human figure, Rosenthal creates, with one click of the shutter, abstractions and illusions that challenge us to think and see beyond the predictable.

Karin Rosenthal

Karin Rosenthal’s abstract photographs of nudes in nature have been exhibited internationally, collected widely, and reside in 17 museum collections, including the Danforth Museum, Boston’s MFA, the Brooklyn Museum, the ICP, and the Yale University Art Gallery.  They have won numerous international awards and have been shown and sold at the prestigious AIPAD exposition in NYC.  Her photograph in First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography at Yale was selected to represent the show of 100 images by famous 20th Century photographers and was featured in the New York Times review.  For the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2016, she curated 37 Photographers/ One Model with nudes in nature by her and her workshop students of a male dancer in his fifties.  The exhibit overturned conventions of nude photography.  In 2013, as a Resident Artist/Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, she initiated and oversaw an exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier. In 2018-2019, she exhibited at Brandeis’ Kniznick Gallery in a two-person show, Half-Silvered. A book entitled Karin Rosenthal: Twenty Years of Photographs was published in conjunction with a retrospective of her Nudes in Water Series that was held at the Danforth Museum in 2000.

Karin Rosenthal, Watertown, MA 

For more information, visit. her website at

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