Trix Rosen is an artist and photojournalist living in Jersey City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rosen’s career has embraced the fields of fine art photography, photojournalism, portraiture and historic architectural preservation.
Rosen’s work can be found in many collections, including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museum. Her 1980’s lesbian, feminist slide show “MAITRESSE,” along with two photographs for the exhibition catalog, are represented in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition, “CLUB 57: Film, Performance and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983,” (October 31 2017 – April 8 2018).
Her photographs have been represented in over 50 exhibitions in galleries and in museums including the Ceres Gallery and Hebrew Union College Museum in New York City; the Sherwin Miller Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Reece Museum in Johnson City, Tennessee; New Jersey’s George Segal Gallery in Montclair and Pierro Gallery in South Orange; Plein van Siena, the Netherlands and the Kepco Gallery Museum in Seoul, South Korea.
My photography is inseparable from my life. I work in a collaborative style and the portraits of my friends and community have always reflected the energy, rebellion and passion for social change that swirls around me. I express my personal feelings and values with art that is driven by a desire to make a difference, and addresses social justice issues that can transform local and global perspectives.
The images capture a fearless collaboration between my female gaze and the sexual imagination of my subjects. In the safe, respectful, intimate setting of my studio playground, the women and men I photograph -– straight, gay, singled and coupled — feel free to dress, undress and pose. My images range from romantically soft, to shockingly powerful and muscular, to gender-fluid and androgynous. Transgressive in the 70’s-80’s, they were among the first to show women exploring their bodies, reclaiming the power to define their own physical beauty and sexual truths.
My portfolios celebrate gender-fluidity and the right to self-identify anywhere along the gender path, while redefining masculine and feminine representation and empowering being be true to yourself.