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Barbara Bosworth

Barbara Bosworth
Professor Emerita

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. 

MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology; BFA, Bowling Green State University
Industry Experience: 

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2016 - Ansel Adams to Edward Weston: Celebrating the Legacy of David H. McAlpin, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
  • 2016 - Darkness, Datz Museum, South Korea
  • 2016 - Face It, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • 2016 - Overgrowth, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
  • 2015 - Quiet Wonder, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
  • 2014 - The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
  • 2013 - To Be At the Farther Edge: Photographs Along the New England Trail: Barbara Bosworth. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College; 
  • 2012 - Natural Histories: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
  • 2012 - America In View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Selected Collections

  • Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
  • Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
  • Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • Princeton Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.


  • 2015 - The Meadow. Santa Fe : Radius Books. Essays by Margot Anne Kelley
  • 2015 - Summer Days and Some Nights; The Water’s Edge. Fiddlehead Press
  • 2015 - Betula Populifolia
  • 2010 - Elsewhere. Text by D’Anne Bodman
  • 2014 - Behold. Seoul, Korea : Datz Press
  • 2013 - Natural Histories. Santa Fe : Radius Books
  • 2005 - Trees: National Champions. Cambridge, MA and London :  MIT Press
  • 2002 - Chasing the Light. Carlisle, MA : Nightwood Press, 2002. Poem by D’Anne Bodman

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 - Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation, Photo Book of the Year, shortlist
  • 2015 - Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Grant
  • 2012 - New England National Scenic Trail, National Park Service, Artist-in-Residence
  • 2012 - Kittredge Fund, Grant
  • 2010 - Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council, Wild and Scenic River Grant
  • 2008 - Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT, Fellowship
  • 2008 - Laurel School, Cleveland, OH, Scholar-in-Residence
  • 2002 - MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, Fellowship
  • 1999 - Buhl Foundation, New York, NY, Grant
  • 1995 - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellowship