Rosalind Fox Solomon is a photographer who works on self assigned projects. She lives and works in New York.
Life and education
Rosalind Fox was born on 2 April 1930 in Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1947. She attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1951.
She married Joel W. (Jay) Solomon (1921–1984), with whom she had two children. The marriage ended in divorce.
Rosalind Solomon sailed to Belgium and France with The Experiment in International Living.
She studied intermittently with Lisette Model from 1971 to 1977.
In 2011, Goucher College awarded Solomon an honorary degree.
Later Solomon became the Southern Regional Director of the Experiment in International Living. In this capacity, she visited communities throughout the Southern United States, recruiting families to host international guests and interact with other cultures in a personal way.
In August 1963, Solomon traveled to Washington, D.C. for an interview with the Equal Employment Department of the Agency for International Development, which was then establishing a program for part-time recruiter–consultants in various regions of the United States. Solomon and a group of USAID staff including Roger Wilkins (nephew of Roy Wilkins) joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Subsequently, in her work for USAID, Solomon traveled to historically black colleges in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee where she spoke to students and faculty about overseas employment opportunities.
In 1968 Solomon's volunteer work with the Experiment in International Living brought her to Japan where she stayed with a family near Tokyo. There, at age 38, Solomon began to use an instamatic camera to communicate her feelings and thoughts. This was the starting point for her photography practice, which also includes prose related to her life experiences.
Upon her return to the United States, Solomon photographed regularly. She purchased a Nikkormat in 1969 and in the garden shed she processed 35mm black and white film and printed her first pictures. In 1971, she began intermittent studies with Lisette Model during visits to New York City. By 1974 she was using a medium format camera. Dolls, children, and manikins were some of her first subjects, along with portraits and rituals. She works with black-and-white film exclusively.
In 1975, Solomon began photographing at the Baroness Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She photographed people recovering from operations, wounds, and illness.
In early 1977, Solomon photographed William Eggleston, his family and friends in Tennessee and Mississippi. Solomon moved to Washington where she photographed artists and politicians for the series "Outside the White House" in 1977 and 1978.
In 1978 and 1979, she also photographed in the highlands of Guatemala. Her interest in how people cope with adversity, led her to witness a shaman’s rites and a funeral and made photographs in Easter processions.
Solomon was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for 1989, and grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies in the 1980s.
In 1980, Solomon began her work in Ancash, Peru where she returned intermittently for over 20 years. She made photographs in cemeteries where the damage of a 1970 earthquake was still apparent. She continued photographing shamans, cemeteries, funerals and other rituals. She also photographed people of a subsistence economy surviving the extremes of life through Catholic, evangelist, and indigenous rites.
With a fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, in 1981 Solomon began photographing festival rites in India. She found an expression of female energy and power in the forms of the goddess figures created in the sculptors’ communities of Kolkata (Calcutta). In 1982 and 1983, she continued this work. While there, she photographed artists, including the painter, Ganesh Pyne and the filmmaker, Satyagit Ray. She also made portraits of the Dalai Lama and photographed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
In 1987 and 1988, Solomon photographed people with AIDS alone and with their families and lovers. The project resulted in the exhibition, Portraits in the Time of AIDS at the Grey Gallery of Art of New York University in 1988.
In 1988, with concerns about the rise of ethnic violence in the world, she made her first trip to Poland. In 2003, she returned to work again in Poland. In 1988 Solomon’s interest in race relations and ethnic violence, took her to Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and South Africa. She continued the project in 1989 and 1990 in Northern Ireland and South Africa. In the nineties, she visited hospitals in Yugoslavia and rehabilitation centers for victims of mines in Cambodia, and photographed victims of the American/Vietnam War near Hanoi.
Solomon photographed in Israel and the West Bank for five months during 2010 and 2011, part of This Place, produced by Frédéric Brenner. She made portraits of people in Israel and the West Bank. She was photographing Palestinians in Jenin, and happened to be only a few minutes away when Israeli-Palestinian actor and director of the Freedom Theater, Juliano Mer Khamis, was gunned down in April 2011.
Books, catalogues, etc of Solomon's photography
- Union Depot: Photographed 1971–1973. Rosalind Solomon, 1973. Portfolio of 22 photographs. Edition of 100. OCLC 665159920
- Rosalind Solomon, Washington: May 15 – June 29, 1980. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery, 1980. Twenty-page exhibition catalogue, text by Jane Livingston. OCLC 6603279
- Rosalind Solomon: Venezia, 13. VII – 14. VIII. 1982. Venice: Ikona Photo Gallery, 1982. Eighteen-page exhibition catalogue, ed. Živa Kraus, text by Ljerka Mifka. OCLC 45754749
- Rosalind Solomon: India: An exhibition of photographs. New Delhi: M. Pistor for the United States Information Service, 1983. Sixteen-page exhibition catalogue, text by Will Stapp. OCLC 37799484
- Rosalind Solomon. Earth Rites: Photographs from inside the Third World. San Diego, CA: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1986. Twelve-page exhibition catalogue, text by Arthur Ollman. OCLC 864687499
- Rosalind Solomon. Portraits in the Time of AIDS. New York: Grey Art Gallery & Studio Center, New York University, 1988. ISBN 0934349045. Exhibition catalogue, text by Thomas Sokolowski.
- Rosalind Solomon: Photographs, 1976–1987. Tucson, Arizona: Etherton Gallery, 1988. Thirty-two-page exhibition catalogue. With an essay by Arthur Ollman. OCLC 18130563
- Rosalind Solomon: El Perú y Otros Lugares = Peru and Other Places. Lima: Museo de Arte de Lima, 1996. Exhibition catalogue. With an introductory essay by Natalia Majluf and Jorge Villacorta; text in Spanish and English. OCLC 37465560
- Rosalind Solomon. Chapalingas. Göttingen: Steidl, 2003. ISBN 9783882438772. Photographs and texts by Solomon, catalogue essays by Susanne Lange, Ingrid Sischy and Gabriel Conrath-Scholl. Text in German, English and French. Published to accompany an exhibition at Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur , Cologne.
- Rosalind Solomon. Polish Shadow. Göttingen: Steidl, 2006. ISBN 9783865211996.
- Rosalind Fox Solomon. Them. London: Mack, 2014. ISBN 9781910164013.
- Rosalind Fox Solomon. Got to Go. London: Mack, 2016. ISBN 9781910164198.
Recordings by Solomon
- Corazón: Songs and Music Recorded in Peru by Rosalind Solomon. Folkways Records FSS 34035, 1985. Recorded, produced and with photographs by Solomon. Reissued by Smithsonian Folkways.
- Indian Love Rites: Durga Puja and Kali Puja in Calcutta. Ethnic Folkways Records FE 4349, 1986. Recording produced by Solomon, and with photographs by her. The sounds of Durga Puja and Kali Puja. Reissued by Smithsonian Folkways.
- John Szarkowski. Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960. Catalog of exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art, 1978, and elsewhere, 1978–1980. ISBN 0870704753, ISBN 0870704761.
- Susan Kismaric. American Children: Photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1980. ISBN 0870702327, ISBN 0870702297.
- Keith F Davis, ed. Wanderlust: Work by eight contemporary photographers from the Hallmark photographic collection. Kansas City, MO: Hallmark Cards. Distribution: Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 1987. ISBN 0875296211.
- Susan Kismaric. American Politicians: Photographs from 1843 to 1993. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1994. ISBN 9780870701573, ISBN 9780810961357, ISBN 9780870701580.
- Vincent Gerard and Cedric Laty. Eggleston on Film. 85 minutes. 2005
- Amerika: die soziale Landschaft 1940 bis 2006: Meisterwerke amerikanischer Fotografie = America: The social landscape from 1940 until 2006: Masterpieces of American photography. Bologna, Italy: Damiani; Vienna: Kunsthalle Wien, 2006. ISBN 9788889431689. Catalogue of an exhibition held at Kunsthalle Wien.
- Charlotte Cotton, ed. This Place. London: Mack, 2014. ISBN 9781910164136. Photographs of Israel and the West Bank by Frédéric Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall and Nick Waplington.
- Gabriele Conrath-Scholl and Stephan Berg, eds. Mit anderen Augen. Das Porträt in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie = With Different Eyes: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography. Cologne: Snoeck, 2016. ISBN 978-3-86442-158-7. Catalogue of the 2016 exhibition.
- 1972: University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Union Depot.
- 1973: Neikrug Galleries, New York, Journey through India and Nepal.
- 1975: Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, First Mondays in Scottsboro.
- 1976: Neikrug Galleries, New York, Dolls and Manikins.
- 1977: National Women's Conference, Houston, Texas, Third World Women.
- 1978: Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C. and The Photographers' Gallery, London, Alabama Portraits.
- 1980: Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C., Selected Images.
- 1980: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Rosalind Solomon: Washington.
- 1981: University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, First Mondays in Scottsboro.
- 1982: George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, Rosalind Solomon: India, Marianne Fulton (tour included Smithsonian American Art Museum).
- 1982: Film in the Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota Rosalind Solomon: Peru.
- 1982: Ikona Gallery, Venice, Italy, Rosalind Solomon: Peru.
- 1984: American Center, New Delhi, Rosalind Solomon: India.
- 1984: Kraushauer Gallery, Goucher College, Towson, Maryland, Rosalind Solomon Photography.
- 1984: Tisch School of the Arts, The Photo Gallery, New York University, Rosalind Solomon Photographs.
- 1985: National Museum of Natural History, photographs of Indian festivals.
- 1986: Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, Rosalind Solomon: Earth Rites.
- 1986: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Rosalind Solomon: Ritual, Photographs 1975–1985, Peter Galassi.
- 1986: Espace, Union des Banques, Paris, Rosalind Solomon Photographies, Ghislaines Richard-Vitton.
- 1986: Lieberman and Saul Gallery, New York, Rosalind Solomon.
- 1987: Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York, In a New Light.
- 1988: Museum voor Volkenkunde, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Rosalind Solomon: Earthrites.
- 1988: Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York, Rosalind Solomon: Portraits in the Time of AIDS.
- 1988: Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, Rosalind Solomon: Ritual, Photographs 1976–1987.
- 1989: Winfisky Gallery, Salem, Massachusetts, Rosalind Solomon.
- 1990: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois, Rosalind Solomon: Rites and Ritual.
- 1990: Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington DC.
- 1991: PGI Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Rosalind Solomon: Photographs.
- 1992: Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos, Badalona and Bilbao Cultural Center, Bilbao, Spain, Rosalind Solomon: Disconnections.
- 1995: Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, New York, Rosalind Solomon: Photographs.
- 1995: Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, Rosalind Solomon: Photographs.
- 1996: Museo de Arte de Lima , Lima, Peru, El Perú y Otros Lugares = Peru and Other Places. Curated by Natalia Majluf and Jorge Villacorta.
- 2003: Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany, Eleven Portraits of Eggleston.
- 2003: Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur , Cologne, Germany, Chapalingas.
- 2005–2006: Musée Nicéphore Niépce , Chalon-sur-Saône, France, Chapalingas. Seventy prints.
- 2005: Willy-Brandt-Haus , Berlin, Close and Distant – Poland.
- 2006: Foley Gallery, New York, American Pictures from Chapalingas 1976–2000.
- 2008: Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, Inside Out. Self-portraits.
- 2010: Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, Ritual.
- 2013: Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, Portraits in the Time of AIDS, 1988.
- 2015: Paris Photo (presented by Bruce Silverstein gallery), Portraits in the Time of AIDS, 1988.
- 2016: Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, Got to Go. 25 prints and a ten-minute video.
- 1974: Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- 1975: Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut, Women Look at Women.
- 1975: Neikrug Gallery, New York, There is no Female Camera.
- 1976: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Photography for Collectors, curated by John Szarkowski.
- 1976: Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, Dix Photographes Américains
- 1977: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, Works from the Collection of the Bibliothèque nationale.
- 1977: Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, Diane Arbus, Lisette Model, Rosalind Solomon.
- 1978: Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C., Eliot Porter, Ellen Auerbach and Rosalind Solomon.
- 1978: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mirrors and Windows, catalogue text by John Szarkowski.
- 1979: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Still Life Photographs.
- 1979: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Works from the Permanent Collection.
- 1980: Ikona Photo Gallery, Venice, Italy, Arnold Kramer, Joan Salinger, Rosalind Solomon.
- 1981: Museum of Modern Art, New York, American Children, catalogue text by Susan Kismaric.
- 1981: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Photographers by Photographers.
- 1982: Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Connecticut, Flash.
- 1982: The Photographers' Gallery, London, Floods of Light: Flash Photography 1851–1981.
- 1982: Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Twentieth Century Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art, catalogue text by John Szarkowski.
- 1983: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Work from the Collection of the Bibliothèque nationale.
- 1983: Mednick Gallery, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bob Mahon/Rosalind Solomon.
- 1983: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Selections from the Permanent Collection.
- 1983: Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain, Members Only.
- 1983: National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., New Acquisitions.
- 1983: Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, From the Archives.
- 1983: Light Gallery, New York, New Women/New Work.
- 1983: Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, Apres Cinq Ans.
- 1985: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Recent Acquisitions.
- 1985: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Photographs from the Collection.
- 1985: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Opening Exhibition from the Permanent Collection.
- 1985: Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, Traveling.
- 1985: National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., New Acquisitions.
- 1987: Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, American Dreams, catalogue text by Belinda Rathbone.
- 1987: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Wanderlust, Work by 8 Contemporary Photographers.
- 1987: Hallmark Collection, Keith Davis, Kansas City, Missouri.
- 1987: Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation, New York, Mothers and Daughters. With Bruce Davidson, Joel Meyerowitz, Niki Berg, Danny Lyon, Kathleen Kenyon and Jill Freedman.
- 1987: Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, Tenth Anniversary Photography Exhibition.
- 1988: Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, California, Children of Our Times.
- 1988: George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, The Cow in Photograph and Folktale.
- 1988: Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, Viewpoints: An Exhibition from the Permanent Collection.
- 1989: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway, Selected Works from the Permanent Collection.
- 1989: Ikona Gallery, Venice, Italy, Group Exhibition, catalogue text by Živa Kraus.
- 1989: George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, Professional Visions.
- 1989: Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, The New Expeditionary Photographer, catalogue.
- 1989: University of Minnesota Art Museum, Minneapolis, Recaption: Recontext.
- 1989: Center for Book Arts, New York, Photo Journals Peter Beard, Bill Burke, ed. 1989. Grazda, Rosalind Solomon, David Lee.
- 1990: International Center for Photography, New York, The Indomitable Spirit, catalogue text by Marvin Heifferman and Carol Kismaric.
- 1990: Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland, Photography: The Eighties, curated by Joshua Smith.
- 1992: Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Rosalind Solomon and Marc Riboud.
- 1992: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, American Documents in the Fringe, catalogue.
- 1993: Museo Tamayo, Mexico D.F., Mexico Through Foreign Eyes, Independent Curators Inc., New York
- 1993: Museum of Modern Art, Photographs from the Permanent Collection.
- 1994: Institut Français d’Écosse, Edinburgh, Scotland, Portrait of my Mother, curated by Viviane Esders.
- 1994: Directors' Guild, Los Angeles, The Magic of Play, curated by Diana Edkins.
- 1994: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, Do Not Leave Me This Way: Art in the Age of AIDS, catalogue text by Ted Gott.
- 1994: Independent Curators Inc., New York, From Media to Metaphor: Art about AIDS, 1992–1994, catalogue.
- 1994: Museum of Modern Art, New York, American Politicians, catalogue text by Susan Kismaric.
- 1995: G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, Kissing.
- 1995: Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Twentieth Century Photographs From the Permanent Collection.
- 1995: Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, Animal Attractions, ed. Diana Edkins.
- 1995: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Recent Acquisitions for the Photography Collection.
- 1996: ACA Galleries, New York, Spirit Witness, Hillman, Maron, Solomon.
- 1996: Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, Latin American Photography: A Spiritual Journey, curated by Barbara Milstein.
- 1996: Institut Français d’Écosse, Edinburgh, Scotland, Portrait of my Mother, Viviane Esders.
- 1996: New York Public Library, New York, Women in Photography (organized by the Akron Museum, Ohio).
- 1997: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, India: A Celebration of Fifty Years of Independence.
- 1999: Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, Au revoir Paris.
- 1999: California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California, Photography by Women from the Collection.
- 1999: Wessel + O’Connor, Female, curated by Vince Aletti.
- 1999: Sepia International, Inc., New York, Rosalind Solomon and Linda Connor: India.
- 1999: Robert Mann Gallery, New York, Thirteen.
- 2002: Umbrage Editions and the United Nations, Barcelona, Spain, Pandemic: Facing AIDS.
- 2002: Asia Society, New York, Banaras The Luminous City.
- 2002: Sepia International, New York, Dream Street. Prints by 50 photographers.
- 2003: Art Cologne. Sepia International, New York, Faces.
- 2003: The Gallery at Mumm Napa, Rutherford, California. Wanderers, Travelers and Adventurers: Images of Exploration from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts.
- 2003: Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California. Wanderers, Travelers and Adventurers: Images of Exploration from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts.
- 2003: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Portraits/Visages 1853–2003.
- 2004: Best of, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur , Collection of the Foundation, Cologne, Germany.
- 2005: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Inaugural Installation of the Steichen Gallery.
- 2006: Paris Photo, Foley Gallery Booth.
- 2006: MUSA Museum auf Abruf , Vienna, part of the European Month of Photography / Monat der Fotografie.
- 2006: Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Americans, part of the European Month of Photography / Monat der Fotografie. Photographs by Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Bruce Davidson, Gordon Parks, Burk Uzzle, Diane Arbus, Peter Hujar, Richard Avedon, Larry Clark, Rosalind Solomon, Ed Templeton, Ryan McGinley; curated by Peter Weiermair.
- 2006: Museum of Modern Art, New York, Person, People, and Place.
- 2006: Sepia International, New York, Sepia at Seven.
- 2006: Salle d’exposition du quai Antoine ler, Monaco, La Trajectoire de regard: Une exposition de photographies du XXe siècle.
- 2006: Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, American Photographers: Fine Prints.
- 2006: Rubin Museum of Art, New York, Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas.
- 2007: Lisette Model and Her Successors, Aperture Foundation, New York. An exhibition of 14 photographers.
- 2008: Lisette Model and Her Successors, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver.
- 2009: Lisette Model and Her Successors, Mt. Holyoke College Art Gallery, MA.
- 2010: Discoveries, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.
- 2010: Museum of Modern Art, NY. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today.
- 2010: Museum of Modern Art, NY. Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography. Four prints.
- 2014–2015: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art , Prague. This Place. First of a series of exhibitions of This Place, by Frédéric Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, Nick Waplington.
- 2015: Tel Aviv Museum of Art. This Place.
- 2015: MoMA PS1, New York. Greater New York. 11 prints.
- 2015–2016: Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida. This Place.
- 2016: Die Photografische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur , Cologne; Kunstmuseum Bonn. Mit anderen Augen. Das Porträt in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie = With Different Eyes: The Portrait in Contemporary Photography.
- 2016: Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY. This Place.
In 2007, the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography acquired Solomon's archive, which includes her photographic archive, books and video work.
- Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.
- Museum of Modern Art. "57 works online".
- Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. Over 90 prints.
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 27 prints.
- Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur . About 50 works.
2016: Lucie Award in Achievement in Portraiture category