Roz Joseph

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Roz Joseph
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1960s, Rome, Italy, Photograph Mounted on Board
Born 1926
Bronx, NY
Nationality American
Known for Photography

Roz Joseph is a photographer born in the Bronx, New York in 1926. She later studied photography in New York City. During the 1960s, Joseph photographed "sublime and transcendent little moments” while traveling in Europe, North Africa, and elsewhere. She is stylistically comparable to Henri Cartier-Bresson. She said, “without distortion or trickery I try to uncover the eloquence in what would otherwise appear to be ordinary, common situations, and thereby awaken sensitivities for fresh experiences.” During the 1960s, she shot almost exclusively in black and white and processed her silver gelatin prints in her own darkroom in New York City. In the mid-1960s, she won the grand prize in a photo competition run by the Saturday Review. The award allowed Roz to return to Europe to pursue more photography.

In 1970, Roz moved from New York City to San Francisco which she called a “color city.” She shifted to shooting exclusively in color film. Joseph began to examine two new subjects in her photography: abstracted architecture and city scenes, and the cross-dressing culture of San Francisco. These color architectural details became a series known as “City Art”. In 1991, Chronicle Books published a book of Roz Joseph’s architectural photography entitled “ Details: The Architect’s Art”.

Roz Joseph currently lives in San Francisco, CA.

Selected Exhibitions (1970s-1980s)[edit]

  • Transamerica Pyramid’s 10th Anniversary, San Francisco, CA
  • San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA
  • Canon House Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA
  • Paradox Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Central Washington University, Ellensburg, CA
  • Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
  • California State Fair, Sacramento, CA
  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
  • Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
  • Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

Selected Awards[edit]

  • Grand Prize for Black and White Photography: Saturday Review World Travel Photo Contest
  • Purchase Award from the Concord Community Arts Department, National Photography Competition


  • Details: The Architect’s Art - a book of 110 architectural photographs of San Francisco all by Roz Joseph. Published by Chronicle Books
  • Artweek Magazine
  • California Living Magazine
  • Petersen’s PhotoGraphic Magazine
  • Saturday Review Magazine
  • Photo Metro Magazine
  • Self-Exposures (book)
  • Contemporary California Photography 1978 (book)
  • A Passion for Red (book)
  • Focus on New Zealand (book)


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