Barbara Bosworth

born Cleveland, OH 1953
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Photographer Barbara Bosworth focuses on landscape photography and is particularly interested in the interrelatedness of man and the natural environment. Subdued and ironic, her work often reveals the sacredness of the land and the effects of human encroachment. She has frequently photographed the stripping of the land for suburban and agricultural use, documenting the construction of golf courses, cemeteries, and farming tracts over unspoiled lands. Bosworth's keen observation has also captured many quiet moments in nature, through images of Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, and the National Champion trees of Ohio, among others.

Bosworth received her MFA in 1983 from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has taught at the Massachusetts College of Art since 1984. Her work has been included in many exhibitions across the United States, including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She has been a recipient of Guggenheim and Ruttenberg fellowships. She resides in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Merry A. Foresta, Stephen Jay Gould, and Karal Ann Marling Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography (Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque, New Mexico: The National Museum of American Art in association with the University of New Mexico Press, 1992)


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Earth and Sky: Photographs by Barbara Bosworth
June 19, 2008November 11, 2008
Nature's strength, endurance, and fragility are captured in the dynamic work of Barbara Bosworth (b. 1953).
An image of two red and blue birds in a tree at night
The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art
October 30, 2014February 22, 2015
Birds have long been a source of mystery and awe. Today, a growing desire to meaningfully connect with the natural world has fostered a resurgence of popular interest in the winged creatures that surround us daily.