Linda Rogers' biographical
journey to Word & Image
I grew up in New York City in winter and a
small dairy village Upstate in summer. My parents met in the
1920's as musical comedy performers. As a young child, I heard
indiscriminate Shakespeare, Sigmund Romberg and Ziegfield songs
in lieu of bedtime stories. Sundays were occasionally spent
at Museum of Modern Art films - my father whispered the subtitles.
He loved recording devices of all kinds and cameras both still
and movie and I was often asked to perform. As a shy kid, I
therefore developed a repulsion for the recording of events
aurally or photographically, and didn't pick up a camera until
studying with Holly Smith Pedlosky's and Karen Davis' Photography
Atelier in my maturity.
I began writing quite a lot at prep school,
and occasionally cut classes to mess about in the art room as
I intended to put my life's effort into art. Children intervened;
marriage interrupted my first year at Brown; I later resumed
formal education, first at the Art Student's League in New York
- then at Harvard Extension in my thirties. I have participated
in workshops with a number of Harvard Extension and Radcliffe
Seminars writers, including Anne Bernays, Cynthia Rich, Alex
Theroux, Shaun O'Connell, Jane Rabb, and Miriam Goodman.
The visual side of me has continually been
stimulated by drawing, making unusual costumes for my children,
creating surprising living quarters (like a space capsule, aluminum
lined bathroom,) and through scholarly study projects, as with
former Harvard Semitic Museum Curator Dr. Carney Gavin, archeologist
and archivist of 19th century photographs of the Middle East.
In that Upstate dairy village is an 1820 Federal
style field stone house, built by my mother's ancestors. An
unbroken family line of females retained ownership and sometimes
residence until 1980. At that time I found a vast treasure of
19th century letters and photographs that is a continuing archival
project and an evolving book in 19th century word and image.
In 2001 I decided that all of my former
and present interests might be examined in the Radcliffe Seminars
course "Word & Image, Making Art in Two Languages,"
led by Karen Davis and Miriam Goodman. The projects undertaken
have brought me to my work today and opened a path for the development
of new skills: color photography, digital dark rooming (Photoshop),
the discipline of creating portfolios and preparation for exhibition.
Linda Rogers Exhibitions:
Photography Atelier 2002 at The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe
College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June - September, 2002.;
Photography Atelier 2003, 2004 Lesley University, Cambridge,
Massachusetts, July - October, 2003,June 2004 Website www.photographyatelier.org
New England Photography and Sculpture Show, Cambridge Art Association,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, October - November, 2002; Cambridge
Art Association "Heat", February, 2005.
New Members Show, July 2003; "Hot Days Cool Nights"
Members Show, July - September 2003, Cambridge Art Association,
Artists' Books - "Rock &
Roll Volume 3 or Twist Again," "Bingo Bango Bongo,
Bonnie Bonnie Bonnie"
- "Adultery," "My Almost Life Among the Famous,"
"My Mother's Chairs"
Word & Image Wall
Art - - "Fall Again,"
"Adultery," "Perspective," "Learning,"
"The Orchard," "Absent Friends," "Happy
Birthday Baby" "The Glass House" "Elliot"
- "Getting It On - On the Internet" and "Oh Ho
Say Can You See?"
- Restoration & archiving of a collection of 19th century
photographs & letters of the Hubbard family of Jefferson
County, New York
Projects in process:
"Letters to Stephen," manuscript of 19th century letters
"Leaving Lake Boon," manuscript of stories and photographs
about an eclectic lake community.
"Gene Pool," an installation