Rosalind Fox Solomon

Rosalind Fox Solomon

2016 Honoree: Achievement in Portraiture




Rosalind Fox Solomon travels the world to find her subjects without being commissioned or assigned to do so. She enters closed circles and takes risks in terms of personal experience and artistic practice. Her unflinching gaze at human vulnerability provokes strong emotions. Her work is non-linear, flowing back and forth between the personal and the universal. Whether she is journeying in the southern states, Ireland, Peru, or Poland, her photographs reveal notions of power, survival, faith, and human behavior. The artist’s obsessions and anxieties travel with her as she interprets and photographs social elements wherever she finds herself.

Ms. Solomon was born in 1930 in Highland Park, Illinois. In 1968 she decided to become a photographer and was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies from 1981 to 1984. She has had residencies at the Banff Center, Blue Mountain Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Corporation of Yaddo. Bruce Silverstein represents Ms. Solomon in New York, where she has had four gallery exhibitions.

Her work is in the collections of more than 50 museums all around the world, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; George Eastman House, Rochester; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Museo de Arte de Lima; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; Photographische Sammlung, Cologne; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She lives and works in New York.


Rosalind Fox Solomon – presented by Sarah Meister, MOMA Curator