Rick Rosen


I discovered an interest in photography when I was ten.  I found a few of my father’s old cameras in the closet and investigated.  My father was a doctor but he loved photography.  As the oldest of seven children I remember him always taking home movies and still pictures of us kids.  My mother told me after his passing in 1990 that although he loved photography he wanted a large family and he knew that medicine would provide him with the means to do so far more than being a professional photographer.  I went through college with the intention of following my father, attending medical school and joining him in his practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist (woman’s doctor).  I college though my career evolved to professional photography and I started shooting new cars (I grew up in Detroit) while in college.  I never pursued medicine and through the years while following my photography always carried a little guilt over perhaps disappointing my father.  Years after his passing I confessed to my mother who immediately corrected me by saying how much my father loved to “live his photography through me” and how proud he was of what I had accomplished.


Photography, more specifically black and white photography, became a passion and I set up my first darkroom in my parents fruit cellar in the basement when I was 12.  That passion has never left me.  While all my professional work has been digital for twenty years I am still drawn to black and white film.  My chosen formats in order of preference are 4x5, medium format and 8x10.  If you find me in the landscape I will probably be beneath a dark cloth behind a big camera or using my Rollei SL66 medium format system. 


Working in the studio also appealed to me and although I did not have any lighting equipment initially I did turn our basement into a studio by using the single light that hung from the ceiling.  Later in high school and college I was able to purchase some very basic lighting equipment.  I kept a box of props and practiced with my 4x5 and lights.  Some of my earliest images:












                                               I am basically a self-taught photographer.  In the years before the internet my skills continued to advance by

                                               practice, reading and attending a few workshops.  Years later I became a technical specialist for Sinar view

                                               cameras and Broncolor lighting equipment.  I taught seminars for them nationally and also started teaching

                                               my own workshops which I continue today when time allows.


In 1974 on one of my seminar trips to Los Angeles I was fortunate to accompany a friend up to Yosemite and meet Ansel Adams.  Long story short, he asked me to participate in his workshops as a mentor for the students that wanted to learn to use a 4x5 camera.  I did so until his death in 1984.

I moved my family to Los Angeles in 1978 and continued to teach at many other workshops and my seminars on large format and lighting.


Today my commercial work is primarily for architects and real estate.