Karin Rosenthal

“Father/Son I”


Father/Son I is one of the later images in my Nudes in Water Series. It grew out of my interest in portraying aging, as I aged, by photographing two generations together. Like many of the photographs in that series, body and landscape are united so that one mysteriously becomes the other. In this image, one senses the comfort and connection between father and son, as well as the age difference between them. I delight in all of those levels coexisting in one image.


I’ve photographed the human landscape for over 30 years, resulting in numerous international exhibitions and publications. My nudes reside in 16 major collections including the Boston MFA, Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara MFA, and the ICP. Awards include an Ultimate Eye Foundation Grant for Figurative Photography and First Prize for Nudes in the 2010 Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. The Danforth Museum held a retrospective of my work in 2000 and produced a book of my nudes. Recently, my image in the exhibition First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography at the Yale University Art Gallery represented the show of 100 images by 20th Century photographers and was featured in the New York Times review.

Selected by Julian Cox, Chief Curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.