Shooting Roses

The glorious rose has inspired all manner of artists. Take this excerpt from ‘To All Gentleness’, a poem from William Carlos William (1883-1963):

‘Like a cylindrical tank fresh silvered
upended on the sidewalk to advertise
some plumber’s shop, a profusion
of pink roses bending ragged in the rain –
speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring…’

What are some of the different ways that renowned photographers have chosen to highlight or work in glimpses of this beckoning flower?



We can start with Ansel Adams and his ‘Rose and Driftwood’, created in 1932.

Diane Arbus, Penelope Tree in the Living Room. 1962. 

John Rawlings. Blossoming Hat. 1944

Henri Cartier-Bresson. 1955

 Ernst Haas. Rose. 1970. Printed 1999. Vogue

Tina Modotti. Roses, Mexico. 1924

Fred Herzog. Bible Reader. 1970

Irving Penn. Rose ‘Blue Moon’. London. 1970

Irving Penn. Rose, Colour Wonder, London. 1970

Vivian Maier. Untitled. Date Unknown

Header Photo: William Klein. Hat + Five Roses. Paris. 1956




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Elizabeth Newton

Elizabeth Newton