ABOUT THE BOOK
Over the last 20 years, renowned Boston artist Barbara Bosworth (born 1953) has taken photographs of her family in and around her childhood home in Novelty, Ohio. Natural Histories takes us on a meandering journey through the forests and streams of Bosworth’s past in the Chagrin River Valle y, as she retraces her youthful walks to reengage the sense of wonder at the landscape instilled by her father. She remembers, “Our explorations were slow and quiet meanders, as my father p roclaimed the joys of looking at the natural world we passed through. On these walks I learned to love being in nature.”
These lush black-and-white photographs made with an 8 x 10 camera reveal a place Bosworth knows well: a place in which to dig up arrowheads, pluck clusters of blackberries, catch fireflies and savor the textures of nature. Featuring the youngest as well as the oldest members of Bosworth’s family, these images explore the joy of youth and the wistfulness of aging, memory, and the passage of time.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Barbara Bosworth graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1975, and received an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983. She is professor of photography at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. One-person exhibitions of Bosworth’s photographs have been held at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach (1987), the Cleveland Museum of Art (1988), the Missoula Museum of Art (1996), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2008), the Phoenix Art Museum (2008), and the Peabody Essex Museum (2012-13). In 1987 Bosworth was one of seventeen photographers selected to participate in “America’s Uncommon Places: Sites from the National Register of Historic Places,” a traveling exhibition sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Among other institutions that include Bosworth’s photographs in their permanent collections are the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the National Museum of American Art; the Nevada Museum of Art; the Phoenix Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and many more.