1945 Born, Hartford, CT
1966 Seeing a retrospective of Dorothea Lange's work and viewing MoMA's photography collection with nudes by Bill Brandt, Irving Penn, and Edward Weston.
1967 Met James Card, film curator at the George Eastman House, who was a juror for a National Student Film Festival I organized at Wellesley. He later wrote me that I was a marked woman and he counted on me to make memorable images.
1970 Seeing Berenice Abbott's masterful photographs of 3 completely different subjects: portraits, New York City, and science at MoMA. Utterly inspiring.
1974 Seeing Eikoh Hosoe's elegant, spiritual nudes from his Embrace Series at Light Gallery in NYC.
1975 Seeing the retrospective of Edward Weston's work at MoMA.
1978 My year in Greece on the Wellesley Traveling Fellowship was a rare opportunity to live in terms of daily risks and passions, close to the land. It resulted in creative leaps with my Nudes in Water series.
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2010 First Prize, Nudes, Julia Margaret Cameron Awards
2010 Grand Prize, Renaissance International Photo Competition, London, England
2006 Ultimate Eye Foundation Grant for Figurative Photography
1999 LEF Foundation Grant
1981 Polaroid Corporation Grant
1978 Stevens Traveling Fellowship, Wellesley College, Greece
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Solo Exhibitions

2011 Refraction & Reflection, PRC Gallery at MIT Center for Theoretical Physics, Cambridge, MA
2009 Gallery 1581, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Brookline, MA
2008 Journeying Within the Human Landscape, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
2000 Karin Rosenthal: Twenty Years of Photographs, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
2000 Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2000 A Retrospective, Rice/Polak Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1997 Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA
1995 The Firehouse Arts Center, Newburyport, MA
1992 Arthur Griffin Center for Photographic Art, Winchester, MA
1981 Fogg Museum Print Room, Cambridge, MA
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Group Exhibitions

2010 Re-Presenting the Nude, 2010, Evoke Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2008 First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2008 Body and Soul, Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Ryuijie, Tony O'Brien, Karin Rosenthal, Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Through Other's Eyes, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL
2005 The Photography of Frances Paley & Karin Rosenthal, Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004 New Faces: New Vision, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
2004 Beneath the Surface, Panopticon Gallery, Waltham, MA
2003 Modernbook Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2003 Re-presenting Representation VI, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
2002 Joyce Tenneson and Karin Rosenthal, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
1998 The Body in the Mirror, Festival for Musee de L'Elysee, Lausanne), Skopelos, Greece
1998 A Salute to Boston, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
1995 Transformations, Jewett Arts Center Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
1995 At Water's Edge, The Vineyard Studio Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
1994 The Body as Sculpture, Scheinbaum & Russek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1992 Some Women Photographers, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1992 New England Photographers, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
1990 Homage to Mapplethorpe, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1990 Body Language! The Figure in the Art of our Time, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1982 The Photographic Nude, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Mit List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Polaroid Collection/Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
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The Nude Male, 21st Century Visions. David Leddick. Rizzoli, New York, 2008
The Romantic Male Nude. James Spada. Abrams, New York, 2007
Like Sand from Orchids' Lips. Anthology. TCB-Cafe Publishing, San Francisco, 2006
Naked Women. Phil Braham. Running Press, Philadelphia, 2001
Male Nude Now. David Leddick, Editor. Universe, New York, 2001
Emerging Bodies, Nudes from the Polaroid Collections. Barbara Hitchcock, Editor. Edition Stemmle, Zurich & New York, 2000
Karin Rosenthal: Twenty Years of Photographs. Photographs by Karin Rosenthal. Text by Ronald L. Crusan, Arno Minkkinen. Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, 2000 (photo-eye Cat# ZD216)
Eros. Anthology. Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, New York, 1996
Male Nudes by Women: An Anthology. Peter Weiermair & John Southard, Editors. Edition Stemmle, Frankfurt, 1995
The Journal of Erotica, Volume One. Anthology. Midsummer Books, London, 1992
Frauen Sehen Manner. Anthology. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, 1988
The Hidden Image. Peter Weiermair, Editor. MIT Press, Cambridge, 1988 (photo-eye Cat# OP049)
Il Nudo Maschile Nella Fotografia del XIX e del XX Sec. Anthology. Edizioni Essegi, Ravenna, 1987
Encyclopedia of Photography. International Center of Photography. Crown Publishers, New York, 1984
Les Nouveaux Nus. Anthology. Contrejour, Paris, 1981
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1963 - 1967 Wellesley College, B.A. Biology, Minor in History of Art
1965 Rochester Institute of Technology, Summer Course in Photography
1970 - 1972 Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston, Studied Photography
2008 - 2017 Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Resident Scholar/Artist

Favorite Photography Books

Within This Garden, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, (photo-eye Cat# AP296)
The New Landscape in Art and Science, Gyorgy Kepes
The Eternal Body, Ruth Bernhard

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