Irina Rozovsky – Episode 68

In this episode of PhotoWork with Sasha Wolf, Sasha and photographer, Irina Rozovsky talk about her gradual realization that photography was going to be her life’s work. They discuss how Irina’s process has changed since becoming a partner and mother, and relocating to the South. They also discuss The Humid, "An educational space committed to the practice of rigorous and ambitious photography", that Irina started with her husband, Photographer Mark Steinmetz. Irina’s work is included in, A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia where this episode was recorded.

Irina Rozovsky (b. 1981, Moscow), makes photographs of people and places, transforming external landscapes into interior states. She lives in Athens, Georgia, USA and runs the photography space The Humid with her husband Mark Steinmetz

Irina Rozovsky captures her contemplative, cinematic photographs from dramatic vantage points and with a deep sense of empathy. Her work highlights people and the surroundings that influence them, ranging from scenes of contemporary Israel to more personal moments with family in her native Russia. In Rozovsky’s series One to Nothing, images of Israel are varied and consist of desert landscapes or sparkling views of cityscapes, often with obscured glimpses of community members engaged in daily rituals. As the sense of place figures prominently in her repertoire, for This Russia, Rozovsky took haunting images of life today in the place of her birth, while My Mother and Other Things from the Sky depicts intimate scenes of domesticity within the photographer’s own family. Meanwhile, her photographs of Brooklyn, New York for In Plain Air portray a cross-section of life in Prospect Park, near the photographer’s current home.

Rozovsky’s work has been published and exhibited internationally. Solo and group shows include those staged at Smith College in Northampton, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University in Cambridge, the Breda International Photo Festival in the Netherlands, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, the Noorderlicht Festival in Groningen, the Netherlands and A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Rozovsky participated in Light Work’s artist-in-residence program in August 2012.

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