All of Us: Harry Roseman

Groups: a web project
The Group project started unselfconsciously with a photograph of my 5th grade class at P.S. 161 in Brooklyn, NY in 1956. It was at the beginning an impulse akin to that of anyone who takes photographs of groups of people to record an event, to have a memento, a souvenir of a group of friends or relatives, to have something to look at to stop time. Over the next two to three decades this essential impulse evolved into a project, an idea, a concept. One that not only deals with time’s passage but also with the tradition of commemoration itself, social and cultural history, as well as the swirling, changing social interactions of a circle of friends and acquaintances living in a specific time and place, social and cultural history, a group biography. For many years this was a project without a final form. With the invention of the Internet, it became clear to me that the form for this undertaking had arrived at my doorstep. It not only had become the form for this project but also impacted its structure and content. This is a visual manifestation of shifting “lines” of interconnectedness. These “lines” shift, intersect, start suddenly and can stop just as suddenly. One can think about this in metaphorically visual terms through the eyes of someone like Mark Lombardi or Edward Tufte. Groups, like Visitors is an ongoing project. Evolving over time with additions still being made from the past and the present, moving into the future.
Mother's Clothing, etc. by Eugene Carroll
Eugene Carroll died on May 19, 2016 in Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY, immediately following a stay at the Renaissance Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center in Hyde Park, NY. He was 85 years old. He taught Renaissance Art History at Vassar College from 1965 until he retired in 1999. Eugene grew up in St. Louis with his parents Elsie (Aufmuth) Carroll, Henry Carroll and twin sister Eugenia Carroll (Bender). Peter Charlap and myself were the executives of Eugene’s Estate. He bequeathed a large sum of money to the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis to conduct studies of the shifting groups of immigrant populations in St. Louis. Eugene’s neighborhood when he was growing up was predominantly German and in recent times became Vietnamese. During the late part of Eugene’s life his mother came to Poughkeepsie to live with him. In addition to the monetary bequest Eugene also bequeathed his mother’s belongings to the historical society. These consisted of all of her clothing, the inventory of the clothing, her bedroom and study furniture, family papers and photographs and the manuscript of a biography that he was working on. Eugene thought that Elsie’s belongings and documents could constitute an exhibition, an exhibition about an ordinary person who lived in St. Louis at a certain time. Among other tasks I had to do for the estate was to discuss this bequest of Elsie’s belongings with the historical society. I spoke with them a number of times and in the end I was told that they did not want any of the objects in this part of the bequest or any of Elsie Carroll’s things. Presented here is the inventory Eugene Carroll made of Elsie Carroll’s Clothing, etc.
Self-Portraits
Self-portraits of Harry Roseman and occasionally others.
Visitors: a journal
I started Visitors on February 7, 1971 with a photograph of Jonathan Santlofer, taken at 35 Poplar Street in Jersey City, New Jersey. Visitors is a journal project. I photograph everyone who comes to where I live and make a journal entry. The rules are thus: one photograph and one entry per 24 hour period. If someone comes over, leaves and comes back within 24 hours there is still only one photograph and one entry. If someone comes over seven times, once each day for seven day there are seven photographs and seven entries. Overnight guests get one entry with the inclusive dates written in. Everyone is included in the journal, friends, relatives, professional colleagues, tradesmen and woman, delivery persons, Jehovah witnesses, etc. I am also including satellite and what I consider temporary “homes” in visitors. This would include a few years when I had an auxiliary studio at Vassar College, as well as a stay in the hospital.. I will point these out in the entries. This project started as a physical journal. There was a difficult decision to be made as far as the dispersion of photographs between Visitors and Groups. Since there are group photographs of people visiting. I have decided to somewhat privilege Groups in the dispersion. I will be labeling the Groups photographs with (Visitors) in the captions to indicate which photographs could have been included in Visitors. (2006 description, modified 2007)