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Fine Art Photography


B.A., Wellesley College


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Karin Rosenthal

Karin Rosenthal

Karin Rosenthal

Karin Rosenthal’s photographs of the nude in nature reside in numerous private and museum collections including the Boston MFA, Boston Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara MFA, the Fogg, Rose, and Danforth Art Museums, the ICP, and the Yale University Art Gallery. 

In 1978, Rosenthal received an alumna traveling fellowship from Wellesley College to photograph in Greece. Since then, her nudes have been exhibited internationally with showings at the Benham Gallery in Seattle and Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. The PRC Gallery at MIT’s Center for Theoretical Physics recently featured her work in a year-long exhibition. Rosenthal’s image in the exhibition First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography at the Yale University Art Gallery was selected to represent the show of 100 images by 20th Century photographers and was featured in the New York Times review. 

Rosenthal received a LEF Foundation Grant, the 2006 Ultimate Eye Foundation Grant for Figurative Photography, Grand Prize in the 2010 Renaissance International Photography Competition and First Prize in Nudes in the 2010 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. She was the 2009 Distinguished Artist/Teacher-in-Residence at the Rocky Neck Art Colony and has served actively on the Steering Committee for New England Women in Photography. 

Current Projects

I am working on a book describing my process and evolution in photographing the nude in nature. I also plan to continue working with the geneological research, photographs, letters and documents I have related to my family’s history in Nazi Germany. 

Representative Publications

Rosenthal, Karin.  Twenty Years of Photographs, catalog published by the Danforth Museum of Art in conjunction with its exhibition of Rosenthal’s black and white photographs in March, 2000.