Recorded in: New York City
Episode Length: 42:36
Air Date: April 19, 2018
Produced by: Jordan Weitzman
Edited by by: Cristal Duhaime
It was an honour to meet with Rosalind Fox Solomon, just a few days shy of her 88th birthday. It’s often noted how she came to photography later than most when she was close to 40, but i couldn’t help think more about how long she’s kept it up for. How long she’s stuck with it. In her 80’s, she has has continued to make photographs, and strong ones at that.
When we met, she served black coffee and showed me her old darkroom. The way in which she printed was always of great importance, she told me. An exhibition poster hung from a solo show at Moma in 1986, but that’s just tip of the iceberg. The breadth of her work is enormous. It’s held in over 50 museums around the world, has been the subject of 30 solo shows, and appears in 11 monographs, most recently, Got to Go with Mack. She has always photographed both at home and abroad making pictures of people suffering from AIDS during the crisis in New York to Israeli’s and Palestine’s in the West Bank just a few years ago. Vince Aletti said that he’s thought of her as an intrepid explorer, who brings back these pictures that are not necessarily easy to look, but has a lot to do with what makes them so powerful. She’s happy to disturb us.
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