The Photography of Karin Rosenthal

Artist Talk: Journeying Within the Human Landscape: The Photography of Karin Rosenthal

The Cape Ann Museum, in collaboration with Rocky Neck Art Colony and seARTS, is pleased to present a talk and slide presentation by Karin Rosenthal on Sunday, August 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the Folly Cove Auditorium. Rosenthal is the Distinguished Artist & Teacher in Residence at the Rocky Neck Art Colony. This event is free and open to the public.

Karin Rosenthal has photographed nudes in the landscape since 1975, finding resonances between body and nature first in traditional black and white images and now in digital color photography. In this talk, she will draw from a variety of series to convey the evolution and range of her motivations, ideas and explorations. Primarily using light and reflection, Rosenthal has created abstractions and illusions that challenge us to see beyond the predictable in one click.

Karin Rosenthal, a 1967 graduate of Wellesley College, has also studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology (1965) and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School (1970-1972). She is at present a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Exposed early to the joys and challenges of seeing life through a lens, Rosenthal is the third generation of her family to enjoy photography. A free-lance photographer since 1973, Rosenthal’s commercial work has included portrait, public relations, dance, and art reproduction photography. Since 1990, Rosenthal has devoted almost all of her time to fine art photography and to explorations of the nude and the landscape. She has taught at the Art Institute of Boston and the Newton Arts Center, and currently teaches a Figure and Landscape workshop for the Cape Cod Photo Workshops.

Rosenthal’s photographs are in several permanent collections, including the Boston MFA, Brooklyn Museum, Boston Public Library, International Center of Photography, Polaroid, and the Fogg, Rose, and Santa Barbara Art Museums. Karin Rosenthal currently lives in Watertown, MA. For more information about Ms. Rosenthal see

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) announces its one week series of workshops and studio visits led by photographer, Karin Rosenthal. She will be the Distinguished Artist & Teacher in Residence for the week of August 24-28, 2009. For further information on the residency please visit

This event is funded by Rocky Neck Art Colony, Cape Ann Museum and seARTS, in part, through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s John and Abigail Adams Arts Program. The Massachusetts Cultural Council promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at