Barbara Bosworth graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1975, and unlike many visiting artists that come to UNH, she waited a few years before studying photography and graduated with her MFA in 1983 from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She went on to teach Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art in 1984 and has been a professor there ever since.
Barbara Bosworth mainly shoots with an 8×10 large format camera, which is a large film camera with 8×10 inch negatives that can capture a significant amount of detail. She is deeply interested in nature which is the driving force behind many of her photographs, and her triptychs and diptychs became extremely helpful to her language as she attempted to turn the chaos of a 360-degree universe into flat 2-Dimensional rectangles. Her earlier photos were devoid of any humans until she had the realization that humans were just as important because of their everyday interactions within the natural environment. The human subjects in the photographs at this point were people in her family.
As she began photographing her close relatives, she realized that she was photographing these subjects with a fervor thinking that if she photographed them, they would not be able to be taken away from her (whether it be through death or other means) because she would have captured something that she would be able to keep forever. This fleeting idea continued through her later bodies of work such as Birds and Other Angels, Behold, and Natural Histories, a series in which she incorporated nature with family members, some being in their later stages of life.
Prior to Barbara’s talk, she was able to have individual critiques with the BFA Photography students, going over their Senior Thesis work along with Artist Statements in Progress. Barbara also had met with a few of the Photography Workshop students, and needless to say, these students were extremely grateful to be able to gain feedback from such a proficient and hard-working artist in their medium. Thank you, Barbara!
All images from Artist’s website.