Ken Rosenthal received his BA in photography from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, and his MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His black and white photographs are mysteriously dark causing the viewer to come in closer for a longer study of the subject matter. Rosenthal mainly deals with moods as he shoots. These moody images convey mortality, loss, and memory.
I first discovered the work of Ken Rosenthal while I was working on my MFA thesis at the Savannah College of Art and Design. My work was meant to convey a longing for folks from my paternal family that I never met or died when I was a young girl. I wanted to add myself to their family album and capture fleeting memories from my younger self. While researching exactly what I was trying to say, I happened upon Rosenthal's series "Seen and Not Seen," and I felt Rosenthal got me, especially when he wrote, " This series is at once true and fictitious, remembered and reconstructed, seen and not seen."
So, it is with my great pleasure to have the opportunity of highlighting Rosenthal's work for Mother F Stop. Hope you enjoy!
© Ken Rosenthal