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Rosalind Fox Solomon

 Rosalind Fox Solomon


Rosalind Fox Solomon (b 1930 Highland Park, Ill.) artist based in New York City.

She enters closed circles and takes risks based on her personal experience and artistic practice. As a result, her unflinching gaze provokes strong emotion. She interprets and photographs where she travels and is influenced by the obsessions and anxieties that travel with her.

In 2019, she was the recipient of the International Center of Photography Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Museum of Modern Art in 1986 exhibited, Rosalind Solomon, Ritual. Her work is in the collections of over 50 museums around the world including MoMA, the Los Angeles County Museum, Museo de Arte de Lima, Museum Folkwang, Essen; the Rijks Museum, Amsterdam, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Fox Solomon graduated from Goucher College.  She married, moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised two children.  

At the age of 38, after a career in international exchange, she began photographing in Tennessee and Alabama. During occasional visits to New York City, Solomon met with Lisette Model, who critiqued her photographs and guided her. Model told her that she had unique vision and encouraged her to devote her life to photography.

Over a period of 50 years, the artist has photographed in the southern United States and also worked abroad. She responds to human vulnerability and the struggle for survival. She examines life conditioned by race, religion and ethnicity. In Belfast and Belgrade she thought about ethnic strife. In Poland, she photographed, thinking about the Holocaust.  She photographed the wounded of Hanoi and Phnom Penh; in South Africa, she confronted apartheid. She participated in the project, This Place, a global art project that explored the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, she photographed the rituals of Christian pilgrims and made portraits of Israelis, Palestinians and Africans. 

In 1987, when hundreds of young men and women dying with AIDS were demonized by society; often ostracized by their own families, Fox Solomon felt affinity with them. (Her son was living with a progressive kidney disease.)  She began making portraits of individuals with AIDS, hoping that her pictures might help to remove the stigma attached to those who were sick and dying.  Sixty-five of the resulting pictures were mounted for the exhibit, Portraits in the Time of AIDS at the Grey Gallery of New York University.  A selection of the original large-scale prints shown in 2013 at Bruce Silverstein gallery in New York City, were on view in 2015 at Paris Photo, mounted in the Salon d’Honneur at the Grand Palais

The Lucie Foundation gave her an award in 2016 for her work in portraiture.

Steidl published Chapalingas in 2003 and Polish Shadow in 2006.  MACK has released three of her books: she presented THEM in 2014, on stage at SVA, accompanied by the cellist, Sam Im. Bruce Silverstein Gallery exhibited her photographs from Got to go (MACK 2016), with Scintillation, a related audio-visual piece incorporating her voice over and excerpts from Jason Eckard’s Subject. In 2018, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, mounted a major gallery show concurrent with MACK’s release of her book, Liberty Theater.

During the 2019 expansion and renovation of the Museum of Modern Art, Rosalind Fox Solomon was invited to capture the moment through her eyes.  In “Picturing MoMA,” she made portraits of conservators, curators, guards, construction workers, tech and video teams. Channeling her curiosity, she ventured through the hidden hallways, warehouses, and labs that help MoMA run, to tell a story about a pivotal moment in the institution’s history.


Solo Exhibitions:


Liberty Theater, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Rosalind Solomon - Carnival 1980, Galerie Julian Snder, Koln, Germany

THEM, This Place, Colgate University, Picker Gallery



Got to Go, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY


Salon d'Honneur at Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France, Portraits in the Time of AIDS, 1988


Portraits in the time of AIDS, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York


Ritual, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York


Inside Out, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York


Foley Gallery, New York, New York, “American Pictures from Chapalingas 1976-2000,”


Musee Nicephore Niepce, Chalon sur Saône, France, “Rosalind Solomon: American Photographs 1974-2001”

The Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, Germany, "Close and Distant – Poland”.

Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany, "Eleven Portraits of Eggleston".

Die Photographische Sammlung, Cologne, Germany, "Chapalingas, Photographs by Rosalind Solomon," catalogue texts by Susanne Lange, Ingrid Sischy and Gabriel Conrath-Scholl.


Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru, El Peru y Otros Lugares, “Peru and Other Places,” catalogue text by Natalia Majluf and Jorge Villacorta.


Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, New York, “Rosalind Solomon: Photographs”.

Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts; “Rosalind Solomon: Photographs”.


Instituto de Estudios americanos, Badalona and Bilbao Cultural Center, Bilbao, Spain, “Rosalind Solomon: Disconnections,” catalogue text by Jeff Rosenheim.


PGI Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan, “Rosalind Solomon: Photographs”.


The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois, “Rosalind Solomon: Rites and Ritual”.


Winfisky Gallery, Salem, Massachusetts, “Rosalind Solomon”.


Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, Holland “Rosalind Solomon: Earthrites”.

Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York, New York, “Rosalind Solomon: Portraits in the Time of AIDS,” catalogue text by Thomas Sokolowski.


Catskill Center For Photography, Woodstock, NY, “In A New Light”.


Espace, Union des Banques a Paris, Paris, France, “Rosalind Solomon Photographies,” Ghislaines Richard-Vitton, catalogue text by Ben Lifson.


Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, “Rosalind Solomon: Earthrites,” catalogue text by Arthur Ollman.

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, “Rosalind Solomon: Ritual, Photographs 1975-1985,” Peter Galassi.


American Center, New Delhi, India, “Rosalind Solomon: India,” catalogue text by Will Stapp,


Ikona Gallery, Venice, Italy, “Rosalind Solomon: Peru,” ed. Ziva Kraus, catalogue text by Ljerka Mifka.


George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, “Rosalind Solomon: India,” Marianne Fulton, (Tour included Smithsonian American Art Museum).

Film in the Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota “Rosalind Solomon: Perú”.


Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C., “Selected Images”.

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., “Rosalind Solomon: Washington,” catalogue text by Jane Livingston.


Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C., “Rosalind Solomon”.

The Photographers’ Gallery, London, England, “Southern Portraits”.


Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, “First Mondays in Scottsboro”.

Group Exhibitions:


"We are the subject" | Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Bruce Silverstain Gallery, New York, NY


Art AIDS America, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY

This Place, Brookly Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

This Place, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

With Different Eyes – The Portrait in Contemporary Photography, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany


Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York, NY

After the Moment: Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

Art AIDS America, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

TIFF Photo Festival, Warsaw Poland

This Place, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel


This Place, DOX Center for Art, Prague, Czech Republic


Lisette Model and Her Successors, Mt. Holyoke College Art Gallery, NY.


Paris Photo, Foley Gallery Booth

MUSA Museum auf Abruf, Wien, Austria, part of the “European Month of Photography/Monat der Fotografie”.

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, “Americans”, Curated by Peter Weiermair.

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, ‘Person, People, and Place”.

Sepia Gallery, New York, New York, “Sepia at Seven”.

Salle d’exposition du quai Antoine ler, Monaco, “La Trajectoire de regard: Une exposition de photographies du Xxe siecle”.

Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan, “American Photographers: Fine Prints’.

Rubin Museum, New York, New York, “Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas”.


Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, “Inaugural Installation of the Steichen Gallery,”


Best of, Die Photographische Sammlung, Collection of the Foundation, Cologne, Germany.


Art Cologne

Sepia International Inc., New York, "Faces".

The Gallery at Mumm Napa, Rutherford, CA, and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA. "Wanderers, Travelers and Adventurers: Images of Exploration from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts."

Bibliotheque nationale de France, "Portraits/Visages 1853 - 2003".


Umbrage Editions and the United Nations, Barcelona, Spain, “Pandemic: Facing AIDS”.

The Asia Society, New York, New York, “Banaras The Luminous City”.

Sepia International, Inc., New York, New York, “Dream Street”.


Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France, “Au revoir Paris”.

California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California, “Photography by Women from the Collection”.

Wessel + O’Connor, “Female,” Vince Aletti.

Sepia International, Inc., New York, New York, “Rosalind Solomon and Linda Connor: India”.

Robert Mann Gallery, New York, New York, “Thirteen”.


Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “India: A Celebration of Fifty Years of Independence”.


ACA Galleries, New York, New York, “Spirit Witness, Hillman, Maron, Solomon”.

Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, New York, “Photography in Latin America: A Spiritual Journey,” Barbara Milstein.

Institute Francaise d’Ecosse, Edinburgh, Scotland, “Portrait of my Mother,” Viviane Esders,

New York Public Library, New York, New York, “Women in Photography,” (organized by the Akron Museum, Ohio).


G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, California, “Kissing”.

Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico, “Twentieth Century Photographs From the Permanent Collection”.

Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, New York, “Animal Attractions,” ed. Diana Edkins.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, “Recent Acquisitions for the Photography Collection”.


Institut Francais d’Ecosse, Edinburgh, Scotland, “Portrait of my Mother,” Viviane Esders.

Directors’ Guild, Los Angeles, California, “The Magic of Play,” Diana Edkins.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, “Do Not Leave Me This Way: Art in the Age of AIDS,” catalogue text by, Ted Gott,

Independent Curators Inc., New York, New York, “From Media to Metaphor: Art about AIDS, 1992-1994,” catalogue.


Museum of Modern Art, “Photographs from the Permanent Collection”.


Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, “Rosalind Solomon and Marc Riboud”.

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan, “American Documents in the Fringe,” catalogue.


International Center for Photography, New York, New York, “The Indomitable Spirit,” catalogue text by Marvin Heifferman and Carol Kismaric.

Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland, “Photography: The Eighties,” Joshua Smith.


Henie Onstad Museum, Oslo, Norway, “Selected Works from the Permanent Collection”.

Ikona Gallery, Venice, Italy, “Group Exhibition,” catalogue text by Ziva Krauss.

George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, “Professional Visions”.

Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, “The New Expeditionary Photographer,” catalogue.

University of Minnesota Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, “Recaption: Recontext”.

Center for Book Arts, New York, “Photo Journals" Peter Beard, Bill Burke, ed. 1989

Grazda, Rosalind Solomon,” David Lee.


Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, California, “Children of Our Times”.

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, “The Cow in Photograph and Folktale”.

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, “Viewpoints: An Exhibition from the Permanent Collection”.


Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, “American Dreams,” catalogue text by Belinda Rathbone.

Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, “Wanderlust, Work by 8 Contemporary

Photographers,” Hallmark Collection, Keith Davis, Kansas City, Missouri.

Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation, New York, New York, “Mothers and Daughters”.

Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France, “Tenth Anniversary Photography Exhibition,” catalogue.


Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., “Recent Acquisitions”

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., “Photographs from the Collection” .

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, “Opening Exhibition from the Permanent Collection”.

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, “Traveling”.

National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., “New Acquisitions”.


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, “Work from the Collection of the Bibliotheque nationale”.

The Mednick Gallery, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Bob Mahon/Rosalind Solomon”.

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, “Selections from the Permanent Collection”.

Galeria Carles Poy, Barcelona, Spain, “Members Only”.

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., “New Acquisitions”.

The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, “From the Archives”.

Light Gallery, New York, New York, “New Women/New Work”.

Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France, “Apres Cinq Ans,”


The Photographers’ Gallery, London, England, “Floods of Light: Flash Photography 1851- 1981,” catalogue

Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, “Twentieth Century Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art,” catalogue text by John Szarkowski.


Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, “American Children,” catalogue text by Susan Kismaric.

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., “Photographers by Photographers”.


Ikona Photo Gallery, Venice, Italy, “Arnold Kramer, Joan Salinger, Rosalind Solomon”.


Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., “Still Life Photographs”.

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, “Works from the Permanent Collection”.


Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C., “Eliot Porter, Ellen Auerbach and Rosalind Solomon”

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, “Mirrors and Windows,” catalogue text by John Szarkowski.


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, “Works from the Collection of the Bibliotheque nationale”.

Galerie Zabriskie, Paris, France, “Diane Arbus, Lisette Model, Rosalind Solomon”


Museum of Modern Art, NY, “Photography for Collectors,” John Szarkowski.


Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut, “Women Look at Women.”

Neikrug Gallery, New York, :There is no Female Camera.”


Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

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