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Photograph of Jack Rosen by Gian Luiso. Private collection.

"I'm not a maker of photographs, I'm a taker of photographs."
-Jack Rosen

Jack Rosen began his photography work in 1952 in New Hope and the Bucks County area by taking baby pictures for local residents. He soon joined PIX Inc., one of America's first picture agencies. His photographs and photo-essays have appeared in worldwide publications including Life World Book and Time Magazine. Rosen has gained renown as a portrait photographer, capturing numerous American figures including Grace Kelly, Pearl S. Buck, Oscar Hammerstein II, and sculptor Selma Burke. Rosen worked for three years as a photographer and as an assistant to the publisher of Bucks County Traveler, and later served as an editor and photographer for the New Hope Gazette. Rosen is best known for his candid photographs of people on the New Hope streets. Jack Rosen produced two books in 1979 and has exhibited his work in numerous locations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bucks County Council on the Arts, and the Michener Art Museum. A documentary about Rosen was produced in 1997 called Jack Rosen: Portrait of a Photographer by Lisa Chouteau and Gina Weber for Closely Watched Films, Inc.

Photograph of Jack Rosen by Gian Luiso. Private collection.

Education & Community

Photo of Jack and Florence Rosen with Johnny Francis at Mechanicsville Street in New Hope, n.d.

Education and Training
Self-taught photographer

Teachers and Influences
Henri Carter-Bresson

Connection to Bucks County
Jack Rosen worked in Bucks County from 1956 to 1959 with the magazine Bucks County Traveler. He also worked for the New Hope Gazette from 1971 to 1976 and was a freelance photographer in Bucks County beginning in 1976. He photographed many of New Hope's visual, performing, and literary artists, as well as local residents and tourists.

Colleagues and Affiliations
New Hope Arts Commission

Photo of Jack and Florence Rosen with Johnny Francis at Mechanicsville Street in New Hope, n.d.


Major Solo Exhibitions
Odette's Restaurant, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1985
John & Peters, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1990
Karla's Restaurant, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1991, 1992
Continental Bank, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1992
Upstairs Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1993
Nora Lewis Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Jack Rosen: Artist Portraits
, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2003
Jack Rosen at Occasions in Union Square, New Hope, PA, 2004

Major Group Exhibitions
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1959
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1960
Third Annual Art of Photography exhibition, Heritage Towers, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1991
The Rodman House, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1982
Phillips' Mill, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1983
River Center for the Arts, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1981
The Laceworks, The Dome Building, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1985
Levittown: A Home of Our Own
, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2003

Major Collections
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania


New Hope Portraits: A Family Album 1971-1979
The Face of Bucks,
Life Magazine
Paris Match
Der Stern
Saturday Evening Post
Ladies Home Journal
World Book
Modern Maturity
Prime Time
Business Week
International Wildlife
Die Tageszeitung
Allyn & Bacon Textbooks
Trac Media Services
New York Times

Promotional photography for Making Sense of the Sixties, a PBS documentary, printed in TV Guide, Newsweek, and Time Magazine

Awards & Appointments

Photograph of Jack Rosen. Private collection.

Major Awards
Recognition for environmental photography from Lady Bird Johnson
Recognition for artistic quality from Andrew Wyeth
Philadelphia Art Directors Award for Excellence, 1967

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Photograph of Jack Rosen. Private collection.

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