Barbara Bosworth: The Heavens

  • Hardcover with jacket
    10.25 x 12.75 inches
    60 images / 200 pages

  • Photography by Barbara Bosworth

    Texts by Margot Anne Kelley, Joanne Lukitsh, and Owen Gingerich

  • ISBN: 9781942185406
  • Trade Edition: $55.00
  • Signed Edition: $60.00
  • Limited Edition: $125.00
  • Edition of 100
    Includes a signed print of the cover image, Moon Rising (4x6-inch image on 5x7-inch paper), and a signed copy of the book.

  • Deluxe Edition: $1200.00
  • Edition of 30
    Includes 3 handmade letterpress booklets in a custom lucite case, a 14x18-inch print (choice of The Milky Way or Moon Rising), and a signed copy of the book.


A follow-up to her successful 2015 book The Meadow, this project focuses on Boston-based photographer Barbara Bosworth’s (born 1953) images of the moon, sun and sky. Made over the past several years with an 8×10 camera, the star images are hour-long exposures with the camera mounted on a clock drive. The sun and moon images are made with a telescope attached to her camera. Speaking of her inspiration for these images, Bosworth writes: “Every clear night of the summer my father would go out for a walk to look at the night sky. Many nights I would join him. We knew the North Star, and the Big Bear, but the rest became our own. At times we stood still for an hour or more to watch for shooting stars. We had no agenda. It was all about amazement at a sky full of stars. With this sense of wonder, I began making photographs of the Heavens. In these days of the Hubble Telescope and its spectacular imagery from deep space, I wanted a reminder of the mystery of our own night sky.” The book also includes facsimile editions of three artist’s books that Bosworth has made as a nod to Galileo’s 17th-century publications in which he first observed the skies through a telescope.


Barbara Bosworth’s publications include The Meadow (Radius Books, 2015); Natural Histories (Radius Books, 2013); Trees: National Champions (M.I.T. Press, 2005); and Chasing the Light (Nightwood Press, 2002). In 2016, The Meadow was nominated for the Aperture-Paris Photo Book of the Year prize. Bosworth’s work has been exhibited in several one-person shows, including Quiet Wonder, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; the multi-venue exhibition To Be at the Farther Edge: Photographs Along the New England Trail, (Mead Art Museum, Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, and New Britain American Art Museum among others); Natural Histories, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; and Earth and Sky, Smithsonian American Art Museum. A recipient of multiple fellowships and grants, Bosworth’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Kittredge Foundation Grant. Her work is represented in major collections including Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Princeton Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Bosworth lives in Massachusetts. She is professor of photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.


Margot Anne Kelley graduated with a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross. She received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Indiana University, and later an M.F.A. in media and performing arts at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. In 2011, after many years teaching photography and art theory at the Art Institute of Boston, Kelley became the Interim Director of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Kelley collaborated with Bosworth on The Meadow (Radius Books, 2015), and her writings have been featured in such publications as Antipodas, African American Review, Interfaces, The Maine Review, Modern Drama, and numerous anthologies, among them Ethnicity and the American Short Story (Routledge, 1997) and Quilt Culture: Tracing the Pattern (Missouri, 1994).

Owen Gingerich is an emeritus professor of astronomy and the history of science at Harvard University and an emeritus senior astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He is a leading authority on the 16th-century Polish cosmologist Nicholas Copernicus and the 17th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler. He spent three decades tracking down and examining surviving copies of Copernicus’ seminal work, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, in which Copernicus first proposed that the Earth is not fixed but revolves around the sun. Owen wanted to determine who owned these copies, what marginal notes they made while reading the book, and what they thought of Copernicus’ then-radical idea. In recognition of these studies he was awarded the Polish government’s Order of Merit in 1981, and subsequently an asteroid was named in his honor. An account of his Copernican adventures, The Book Nobody Read, is in fourteen foreign editions.

Joanne Lukitsh is a professor of art history at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She has written extensively on the photography of Julia Margaret Cameron including catalogue essays for the George Eastman House, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and an illustrated introduction to Cameron’s work for the Phaidon Press. Lukitsh’s articles, on Cameron and other topics in Victorian photography, have been published in the Yale Journal of Criticism and by The Henry Moore Institute. Lukitsh and Juliet Hacking are co-editing an anthology, Photography and the Arts: Essays on 19th Century Practices and Debates, forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2020.