I am a Light Writer. For as long as I can remember I’ve
been drawn to light. At 8 years old I used a camera to explore
my world. Photography has been my life long passion. It is all
about the light. I was born in Connecticut and lived there most
of my life. I understand the rhythm of the seasons and quality
of light that surrounds me. Recently I experienced a new environment
in Oklahoma. There I discovered a different quality of light in
a place where the sun shines a good portion of the time. While
in Oklahoma, I created and exhibited a body of work called “Ebb
and Flow”, observing where the light and water meet.
July 2015, I embarked on what I called my “Leap of Faith”
journey. Leaving Tulsa, not knowing where I would land. Over 2,300
miles and 5,000 photographs later I found my way to the Pacific
Northwest. My camera was my traveling companion. At times the
quality of light here takes my breath away. This is an incredibly
diverse country (United States) so much visual, cultural, and
seasonal diversity. I am reminded of this while traveling across
photography studies began at an early age. Each month I would
devour the National Geographic, photo after photo. This planted
a seed…to someday work on a magazine. At the age of 15,
I became a member of The Friends of Photography. My first published
photo was in 1979, cover of Wethersfield High School (CT) yearbook.
This was one of my first lessons in photography…Always label
your work. The 35mm slide was sent off to the yearbook company
in Texas with no identification on the slide. Good bye slide!
has always been a way for me to articulate what I feel, see, respond/react
to . This is my form of personal communication. At the University
of Connecticut I majored in Communications with a concentration
in Photography. During this time I also began a life long study
of the creative process in all forms of the arts and beyond.
The summer before my senior year I received a scholarship from
Ansel Adams to attend The Ansel Adams Workshop in Carmel, CA (*See
“Ansel Adams and Ruth Bernhard”). It was a privilege
to be apart of Ansel’s last workshop. This experience had
a powerful influence on me from that point forward. Ruth Bernhard
was one of the instructors at the workshop. She had a major impact
on me and became one of my mentors. It is because of Ansel Adams
and Ruth Bernhard I later became a teacher of photography.
After receiving my Bachelor’s degree I moved to Hollywood,
CA. This began my over 30 year career in photography with opportunities
to work in almost every aspect of the photo industry. I first
worked at a B&W custom printing lab in North Hollywood, Frank’s
Custom Printing Lab. I then worked at West Light Photo Stock agency
in Santa Monica. I became the assistant to Craig Aurness. Craig
was a former National Geographic photographer and owner of West
Light. Here I learned how to be a Photo Editor. Learning how to
acutely look at an image while working with thousands of 35mm
slides taken by National Geographic Photographers including in
addition to Craig Aurness, Chuck O’Rear (co-founder of West
Light), Jim Brandenburg, Anita Griffith and many others. I enjoyed
exploring the light of Southern California.
Upon moving back to Connecticut I was hired to create and become
the photo department for a new, national, monthly photographic
children’s magazine U*S*KIDS. This was published by Field
Publications in Middletown, CT that also published “ The
Weekly Reader”. I worked closely with the creative team,
collaborating on generating interesting photo driven stories for
the target audience of 5-12 year olds. I hired photographers and
worked with photo stock agencies across the country. As a photographer
I was able to articulate realistic expectations and visual needs
to the photographers. Collaborating with them to create a visually
interesting and stimulating magazine. When possible I also photographed
and published some of my work in the publication.
While raising two incredible children (now adults), I continued
to expand my freelance photography business. Photographing for
a variety of clients, corporate, editorial, portraits, weddings,
creating a greeting card line called “Intimate Landscapes”,
co-authored a book on photography How to Start a Home-Based
Photography Business, and extensively exhibiting my photography.
Opportunities came and I said “YES”!
My interest in the arts continued. I became the curatorial assistant
to Terry Dagradi for “Art Place” at Yale Medical Building
in New Haven, CT. Art Place was a six month rotating multi-media
art exhibition that transformed 5 floors of the Yale Medical Building
on Howard Ave.. Art was displayed in the lobby, hallways, offices,
and waiting areas for patients, family, staff and the community
to enjoy. It was rewarding to see the positive responses and reactions
for the exhibited art in this healing space.
One of my most fulfilling experiences is in teaching photography.
In 2004, Peter Benson, Chair of the Photography Department at
Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT offered me a photo class to
teach. I began teaching a class called “Contemporary Concepts”.
I had never taught before but had a strong interest in teaching.
Bringing years of experience from the photo industry along with
what I learned from the master’s I had the privilege to
study with. I love to share my passion, interests, and connection
to the history of photography. Photography is an important vehicle
While teaching “Contemporary Concepts”, each semester
I would bring my students to the Yale Art Gallery’s Print
Library at Yale University in New Haven, CT. From their print
archive I selected approx. 30 original photographs that span the
history of photography for the students to see and study up close
(unframed). The selection included original photographs by Julia
Margaret Cameron, Edward Curtis, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand,
Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard,
Dorothea Lange, Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, Dr. Harold Edgerton,
Mary Ellen Mark, Sally Mann and many others.
I believe in the community college system. Making education more
accessible. I have taught photography at Middlesex Community College
in Middletown, CT and Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK.. It
is rewarding to guide students into the wonder of the medium and
the magic in the darkroom. I also believe it is important to continue
to offer analogue photography in addition to digital classes.
In March 2016 I begin a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary
Arts Degree with Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA.. I will
be creating my own individualized program, coming full circle
from where I began at the University of Connecticut. It has taken
a tremendous amount of courage to take this step at this time
in my life. My plan is to continue to explore and expand my photography,
study in depth the creative process and spirituality. Looking
at how taping into our individual creativity, no matter how this
is expressed, can help us through big and small life transitions.
My goal is to publish a book, enhance my teaching/lecturing/workshop
skills, and continue to share my life long passion as a Light
It is an honor to become a Charter Member with Women In Photography
International. I hope to help the organization expand, educate,
and open up new opportunities for women photographers.
to Present ~ Freelance Photographer Photograph for a variety of
purposes including promotional, editorial, fine art, wedding,
and portraitures specializing in personalized client service.
Photography clients and publications include Yale New Haven Hospital,
Smilow Cancer Center, Subway, Ben and Jerry’s, Good Housekeeping,
U*S*KIDS, United Way, K&M Shillingford, and others.
2014 to 2015 ~ Sales Assistant, Apertures Photo and School, Tulsa,
Extensive customer service and sales for a prominent professional
photography store, lab, and school. Assist owner with sales, orders,
and effective business promotions.
2015 ~ Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Arts Department, Tulsa Community
College, Tulsa, OK. Teach: Photography Courses focused on analog
B&W photography. Students learn how to use 35mm camera, take
photos, develop film and print in the darkroom. Areas of expertise;
encourage interest and skills in photography, inspire creative
2011 to 2014 ~ Adjunct Faculty, Humanities Department, Photography,
Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT. Teach: Digital Photography,
incorporating camera functions, lighting, composition, conceptual
creativity, historical references, and utilizing resources available
through the Jean Burr Smith Library at Middlesex Community College.
Each class creates a community of visionaries learning how to
communicate through the use of their digital camera.
2004 to 2014 ~ Adjunct Faculty, Photography Department, Paier
College of Art, Hamden, CT. Teach: B&W Photography I &
II, two advanced courses entitled Contemporary Concepts and Photo
Industry. Areas of expertise; identify and encourage independent
visual expression, inspire creative thinking and realize how to
meet deliverable project challenges within the medium of photography.
2011 to 2014 ~ Sales Manager, Curtis Photography Studio, Middlefield,
Manage sales, customer service, marketing and promotional support
for an established photography studio specializing in portraiture,
special events, and overall photo services for the community.
2008 to 2012 ~ Curatorial Assistant, Art Place, Yale Medical Group,
New Haven, CT. Assist curator in all aspects of Art Place organization
including artist selection, exhibit installation and transition
focused on regional artists of all mediums. Manage and coordinate
promotional marketing for Yale Physicians Building Art Place exhibitions.
Providing art within a healing environment.
2009 to 2010 ~ Co-Author, How to Start a Home-Based Photography
Business, Published July 2010, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford,
CT. Revised and updated 6th edition of book.
2007 to 2009 ~ Studio Manager, Jim Fiora Photography Studio, Branford,
CT. Manage, organize and maintain working files for on-going client
service. Assist with promotional campaigns specializing in architectural
and consumer product photography for print media and web publication.
Schedule, document, and communicate project revisions to meet
client deadline. Assist photographer with photo shoots.
2001 ~ Contributing Photographer, The Circle Continues: Women
Respond to the Circle of Stones, by Judith Durek, Published
2001, Inness Free Press.
1993 to present ~ Creator and founder, Intimate Landscapes Photo
Collection, Guilford, CT. Developed and distribute high-quality
photo cards and custom photographs to local retailers, galleries,
and special orders. Intimate Landscapes Photo Collections are
sold and distributed throughout the U.S. and internationally.
1987 to 1991 ~ Photo Editor U*S*KIDS Magazine, Field Publications,
Middletown, CT. Established and managed photo department for national
monthly children’s print publications. Collaborated with
internal creative, editorial and art dept. teams to deliver consistent
thematic photographic educational based articles. Reviewed photographic
portfolios, coordinated, scheduled, negotiated and edited photo
assignments to meet deadline. Responsible for maintaining publication
1984 to 1986 ~ Photo Editor and Assistant, West Light Photo Stock
Agency, Santa Monica, CA. Photo editor for International Division
of West Light, selected and distributed photographic images to
23 international photo stock agencies. Assisted Craig Aurness,
owner of West Light and National Geographic photographer. Worked
in cataloging, editing, and inventory of photographic images provided
by 28 National Geographic photographers.
2014-2015 Chimera, Ebb and Flow, Tulsa, OK
2011-2012 Middlesex Community College, The Niche, Light, Water,
Flow, Middletown, CT
2010 Women and Family Life Center, WAYS ~ WAVES of Seeing, Guilford,
2009 Madison Art Cinema, Light…Water...Flow, Madison, CT
2009 Friends and Company, Madison CT
2007 Mercy Center, Madison, CT
1993-2007 Cilantro’s, Various solo exhibitions, Guilford,
2006 Connecticut Hospice Intimate Landscapes, Branford, CT
2004 Khaki and Black, Madison, CT
2003 Guilford Free Library, Ten Year Retrospective Exhibition,
2015 Tulsa Arts Collective, Five x Five Show and Sale, Tulsa,
2014 1650 Gallery, Flower Power 2014, Juried exhibition, Los Angeles,
2014 Grubbs Gallery, Double Take: Photo & Fiber, Northampton,
2014 Bruce S. Kerhner Gallery, Double Take: Photo & Fiber,
2012 Paier College of Art Faculty Exhibition, Hamden, CT
2011 Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios, Guilford, CT
2011 Guilford Free Library, Double Take: Photo & Fiber, Guilford,
2011 Haskins Laboratories, Double Take: Photo & Fiber, New
2010 Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios, Guilford, CT
2010 Connecticut Hospice, Transformations, Healing Images ~ Healing
Words, Branford, CT
2010 Hygienic Art Gallery, The Fifth Crossing ~ Annual Juried
Exhibition, New London, CT
2010 Paier College of Art Faculty Exhibition, Hamden, CT
2009 Willoughby Wallace Library, Shoreline Arts Trail, Stony Creek,
2009 Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios, Guilford, CT
2009 Connecticut Hospice, Visions in Wellness, Branford, CT
2009 Art Place XV, Yale Physicians Building, New Haven, CT
2008 Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios, Guilford, CT
2008 Paier College of Art Faculty Exhibition, Hamden, CT
2008 Visions in Wellness Gallery, Stony Creek, CT
2007 Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios, Guilford, CT
2006 Yale New Haven Shoreline Medical Center, Guilford, CT
2005 Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios, Guilford, CT
2005 The Small Space Gallery, The Arts Council of Greater New
Haven, The Flower Show: Innovations on Floral Themes, New Haven,
2005 The Playhouse on the Green, Landscapes, Bridgeport, CT
2004-2005 Yale Physicians Building, Art Place Exhibitions IX &X,
New Haven, CT
2004 Shoreline Arts Trail Open Studios, Guilford, CT
1998 R. J. Julia’s, Earth Light, Exhibition with Artist
Jane Cunha, mixed medium exhibition, Madison, CT
1995 Shoreline Art Alliance, IMAGES State wide juried exhibition,
Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT
1993 Three Women Art Exhibit, Personal Vision, Exhibition with
artists Janet Doane and Jane Cunha, Guilford, CT
1984 Casey Greene Gallery, Willimantic, CT
Private Collections: Throughout the United States and Caribbean.
Permanent Collection: Yale Medical Group, Art Place, Yale
Physicians Building, New Haven, CT.
2011 Guilford Arts Center, Exploring Photography, Guilford, CT
2011 Creative Arts Workshop, New Year ~ New Vision, New Haven,
2010 Guilford Arts Center, Exploring Photography, Guilford, CT
2010 Creative Arts Workshop, New Ways of Seeing, New Haven, CT
2009 Willoughby Wallace Library, New Ways of Seeing, Stony Creek,
2003 Guilford Free Library, A Personal Journey Through Photography,
1998 University of Connecticut, Career Choices in Photography,
1996 Guilford Arts Center, Creative Vision Through Photography,
1985 Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Workshop, Teaching Assistant,
1984 Friends of Photography Ansel Adams Workshop, Teaching Assistant,
2015 Whatcom Community College, Lightroom Training, Bellingham,
2009 Master Class with Photographer Sean Kernan, Stony Creek,
2008 Yale University, Small Business Academy, New Haven, CT
2007 Yale University Art Gallery, Art Handling Training Session,
2007 Mercy Center, Walking a Sacred Path, Labyrinth Workshop with
Dr. Lauren Artress, Madison, CT
2002 Kirkridge Retreat Center, The Circle Continues, Workshop
for artists and writers published in The Circle Continues:
Women Responding to the Circle of Stones, Published 2001 (InnessFree
Press), Bangor, PA
2000 Palm Beach Photographic Center, Master Photography Class
with Ruth Bernhard, Delray, FL
1989 Maine Photographic Workshops, The 4th International Photography
Congress, Rockport, ME
1988 Maine Photographic Workshops, The 3rd International Photography
Congress, Rockport, ME
1985 Friends of Photography, Fall Landscape Workshop, Carmel,
1983 Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Workshop, Carmel, CA.
Full Scholarship Award Recipient. Intensive photographic workshop
covering all aspects of photography. Participating instructors
along with Ansel Adams included, Lucien Clerge, Ruth Bernhard,
Jerry Uelsmann, John Sexton, and Eugene Richards.
1979 Connecticut Institute of Art and Design, B&W Photography
Courses, Wethersfield, CT
2016-2018 Goddard College, Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary
Arts, projected graduation Spring 2018, Port Townsend, WA. Area
of study: photography, creative process, spirituality and how
this can help us work through major life transitions. Goal: publish
a book, continue to teach/lecture on photography and the creative
1984 University of Connecticut, Bachelor of Arts in Communications,
Concentration in Photography, Cum Laude Storrs, CT
Women In Photography International, Charter Member February 2016
American Society of Media Professionals, Merit member
American Society of Picture Professionals
Ansel Adams and Ruth Bernhard
In 1983, I received a full scholarship from Ansel Adams to participate
in The Ansel Adams Workshop, sponsored by The Friends of Photography
in Carmel, California. It was the summer before my senior year
at the University of Connecticut.
My passion for photography started when I was 8 years old. Devouring
National Geographic each month, I could not get enough of photography.
I was in love with Light from a very early age. I became a member
of The Friends of Photography when I was 15 years old living in
Connecticut. Never would I dream only six years later I would
have the opportunity to meet and study with Ansel, along with
other master photographers.
In August 1983, I flew to California for the first time “heading
west” (subsequent trips “west” would follow
over the years to come). As the workshop began, I starting writing
a journal. I recorded each event, presentation, lecture, along
with my personal observations and feelings. The other participants
of the workshop were: Ruth Bernhard, Lucien Clerge, Jerry Uelsmann,
Eugene Richards, and John Sexton. The journal includes insight
on: Ansel’s history and life, the zone system, photographic
techniques, Ruth Bernhard’s passion for the universe, light
and life, Jerry Uelsmann’s unique way of incorporating multiple
images to create a new vision (well before Photoshop), Lucien
Clerge’s friendship with Pablo Picasso, Eugene Richards'
view on photojournalism, John Sexton’s technical expertise
in the darkroom, along with my personal accounts from the week
Ansel and I had a special connection during the week. Sharing
moments walking along the beach at Point Lobos and enjoying each
others enthusiasm for photography and life. On the last day of
the workshop he said to me, “Rosemary, you have been writing
in that journal all week long, could I sign it for you?”
Well, my answer to him was, “YES!”. When I began writing
in the journal never would I have imagined Ansel would personally
ask to sign it. The journal will become an articulated documentation
for educational purposes and a personal account of his final workshop
before he died on April 22, 1984.
As the workshop began, I was particularly struck by the presence
of master photographer Ruth Bernhard. Up to that time, I had never
heard of Ruth or familiar with her work. For me personally, in
addition to Ansel, Ruth was an unexpected gift. From the first
time she spoke, in her wonderful German accent, my heart became
a wide open aperture. Her words articulated everything I had alway
felt about photography. After her first talk, I went over to her
to thank her with tears in my eyes. Ruth looked directly into
my eyes and said, “Tonight’s talk was for a very few
people, and you were one of them”.
Over the course of the week Ruth and I met one on one to discuss
photography, light, and life. She told me, “The west has
found you”. How true her words, now 33 years later, I am
once again back “west”. After spending time with Ruth
on the evening of August 11, 1983, I wrote in my journal this, ”The
language of light is also the language of life. It could have
been me up there talking. Such similarities. The difference is
she has given her concert and I am just learning the notes. She
(Ruth) told me, ‘your concert is waiting!’ “.
Looking back and rereading this journal, signed by Ansel Adams
on August 14, 1983, the last day of his last workshop…the
words hold true and are just as alive today as they were then.
This is a small piece in the history of photography. One of my
greatest treasures. Someday I hope to publish and share this journal
for others to enjoy and experience this moment in time.
Attached image, Rosemary DeLucco and Ruth Bernhard, August, 1983
Home of Ansel and Virginia Adams, Carmel, CA
Polaroid image, special request from WIPI to pay tribute to Ruth
Bernhard, WIPI's Distinguished Photographer Awardee 1984.
Women In Photography International CHARTER Member (2016)
Rosemary DeLucco Alpert
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