Jack Rosen 1923-2006 Photographer

Photographer Jack Rosen (1923 - 2006) is acclaimed primarily for his photos of New Hope & Bucks County, PA. He was also a photographer of celebrities, and his photos reveal his sense of humor & justice, while appealing to our higher sense of ourselves. By the time of his passing, Jack's body of work included well over 500,000 35mm. negatives and thousands of slides. 

Who is Jack Rosen?

New Hope, PA photographer Jack Rosen (1923 - 2006) is considered by many to be one of the best "unknown" photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Acclaimed primarily for his photos of New Hope and Bucks County, PA, Jack also was an outstanding photographer of celebrities, and his humorous yet telling editorial photos reveal his sense of justice, while appealing to our higher sense of ourselves.

Jack referred to himself as "New Hope's oldest streetwalker", and could usually be spotted somewhere in town wearing at least two cameras, shooting all the things many of us walked right past but that Jack saw and captured. His body of work is a record of our lives for the period from the late 1950s to the early 2000s, and includes extensive documentation of Bucks County, New Hope, and the early Levittown years.

Jack Rosen was noted for his "Slide Show" presentation given around town. Using a carosel projector Jack would set up and entertain with an array of images both famous and unknown. Another note worthy event was the Jack Rosen print sale a John & Peter's on Main Street New Hope. Thousand of prints would be available in bins to peruse and buy for $5 or $10 a piece, while Florence Rosen collected at the check out desk.

The Jack Rosen Photo Challenge

By the time of his passing in 2006, Jack's body of work had grown to well over 500,000 raw 35mm. b&w negatives and thousands of color slides. The collection is now in storage under the control of Jack's son Rick, and is only very minimally cataloged. The ultimate challenge is to digitize and catalog all of the negatives and slides, so that the full content of the collection can be ascertained and a complete database of Jack Rosen photographs be made available for a variety of purposes. 

All of the images in the video have been provided by Rick Rosen. For inquiries about use and prints from Jack's extensive collection please contact Rick Rosen.