Rosenblum, Naomi

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  • 1925: Born January 16.
  • 1941 - 1942 : Attends Tyler School of Fine Art, Temple University, Philadelphia.
  • 1943 - 1948 : Attends Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York; graduates with a B.A. in Fine Art; marries Walter Rosenblum.
  • 1950: Daughter Nina born September 20.
  • 195?: Daughter Lisa born.
  • 1959 - 1962 : Adjunct lecturer, Art Education, Engineering Drawing, at Brooklyn College, CUNY.
  • 1962 - 1972 : Teacher of fine art/art history at High School of Music and Art
  • 1974 - 1976 : Adjunct instructor of Art History, York College, CUNY.
  • 1975: Receives master’s degree from the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • 1976: Contributor to “Paul Strand: 60 Years of Photographs,” Aperture.
  • 1976 - 1990 : Adjunct professor, art history department, Parsons School of Design, New York.
  • 1977: Co-author of “America and Lewis Hine,” with Walter Rosenblum and Alan Trachtenberg for Aperture; Co-curator of the Lewis Hine Retrospective, Brooklyn Museum; helps to coordinate the photography section of “The Modern Spirit” shown in Edinburgh.
  • 1978: Receives doctorate from CUNY. Dissertation is “Paul Strand, the Early Years, 1910-1932.”
  • 1979: Co-authors “History of American Art” with Brown, Hunter, Jacobus and Sokol for Harry N. Abrams; Lewis Hine Retrospective travels to the Venice Biennale; chairs “New Perspectives on American Art, 1890-1940,” symposium in honor of Milton W. Brown.
  • 1980: Lewis Hine Retrospective travels to China; Professor of photographic history, Parsons Program at Arles, France (summer).
  • 1981: Contributes to “Contemporary Photographers,” St. James Press.
  • 1983: Publishes “A world history of photography,” Abbeville Press.
  • 1983 - 1993 : Member, Board of Advisors, Paul Strand Archive.
  • 1984 - 1985 : Adjunct professor, history of photography, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
  • 1985: “A World History of Photography” wins best photographic history book from American Photographic Historical Society; adjunct professor, art history department, Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • 1985 - 1992 : Member, Board of Advisory, Aperture Foundation.
  • 1989: Authors “Changing Chicago: A phototdocumentary,” University of Illinois Press.
  • 1990: Getty scholar along with husband Walter; authors “Orgeval: A remembrance of Paul Strand,” Lumiere Press.
  • 1992 - 1992 ? : Member of Acquisitions Committee, International Museum of Photography Eastman House.
  • 1993 - 1993 ? : Member, Advisory Board, Cambridge Perspectives on Photography, Cambridge University Press.
  • 1994: Publishes “A history of women photographers,” Abbeville Press; wins American Photographic History Society Award for best photographic history book for “A history of women photographers.”
  • 1995: Scholar in residence, Ecole Nationale de Photographie, Arles, France.
  • 1998: She and her husband Walter were awarded the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement by the International Center for Photography.
  • 1998: Co-author of “Berenice Abbott: New York Anni Trenta,” with Italo Zannier, Art Books International, Ltd.
  • 1999: Co-authored “Documenting a myth: The South as seen by three women photographers, Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, Doris Ulmann, Bayard Wootten 1910-1940,” with Susan Fillin-Yeh, University of Washington Press.
  • 2003: Authors “Women seeing women: a pictorial history of women’s photography from Julia Margaret Cameron to Annie Leibovitz,” W W Norton and Co. Inc.
  • 2007: Co-authors “Chernobyl: the hidden legacy,” with Pierpaolo Mittica and Rosalie Bertell, Trolley Books.
  • 2008: Women in Photography International, an online resource center, uses her text to establish their list of the top 100 women photographers.

Born Jan. 16, 1925. [info from 2 sources: copy of insurance card in Box A Folder 16, and copy of passport in Box A Volga Peace Cruise folder] Rosenblum is an independent scholar who has taught, written photography history books, articles, book reviews, lectured widely and co-curated several exhibits. Her texts, “A World History of Photography” and “A History of Women Photographers” are used in photography and photo history classes worldwide. Her husband was Walter Rosenblum, (1919-2000) a photographer, professor and member of the Photo League.

From the guide to the Naomi Rosenblum collection, 1918-1999, (University of Arizona Libraries, Center for Creative Photography)

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creatorOf Rosenblum, Naomi. Rosenblum, Naomi : [photography bio file]. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Stefan Lorant collection, ca. 1869-1993, 1920-1992 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Lorant, Stefan, 1901-1997. Stefan Lorant collection, ca. 1869-1993 (bulk 1920-1992). Getty Research Institute
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