• Date Of Birth: American, January 26, 1925
  • Date Of Death: February 19, 2021
  • Occupation: Photography historian

Naomi Rosenblum, PhD, (American, January 26, 1925 – February 19, 2021) is the author “of two landmark histories of photography, A World History of Photography (1984) and A History of Women Photographers (1994), and dozens of seminal articles and essays”.

“A World History of Photography, first published by Abbeyville Press in 1994 and now translated into French, Japanese, Polish, and Chinese, remains a standard textbook and invaluable reference for practitioners, critics, and historians of the medium.” The book was a finalist for the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award. Naomi has written on Adolphe Braun, Lewis Hine, Paul Strand and others for numerous monographs, books and periodicals.

While researching photographers for A World History of Photography, Naomi noticed women photographers were mentioned in the back pages of all of the magazines. She explained in an interview with Sylvia Sukup for Exposure, “I would make a little card and just file it away because I knew I couldn’t get them all into the World History [A World History of Photography]. Then in 1990 I had a Getty fellowship and spend those three months looking up the women’s work.”

Naomi and Walter Rosenblum were the recipients of the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Infinity Awards, May 4, 1998.

Rosenblum’s work is archived at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

North America’s Largest Collection of Fine Art Photographs | Center for Creative Photography. (2017, December 23). Retrieved April 12, 2018, from https://ccp.arizona.edu/

Roseblum married the photographer, highly decorated WWII US Army Signal Corps cameraman and professor Walter Rosenblum.

The Rosenblums are the parents of documentary filmmaker Nina Rosenblum, and Lisa Rosenblum, former Commissioner of the Public Service Commission, Senior VP at Cablevision, and currently Vice Chairman of Altice, USA.

In 1977 she and her husband, noted photographer and professor Walter Rosenblum, were co-curators with Barbara Millstein of “America and Lewis Hine, a retrospective of the work of Lewis Hine at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. In 1980 they were invited by the People’s Republic of China to install this exhibition in Beijing, the first official loan from an American museum to China. – Available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License from Wikipedia.