Adjunct Photography Curator, Michigan State University Museum
Professor of Photography and Visual Communication, School of Journalism
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Howard Bossen is the adjunct photography curator at the Michigan State University Museum (MSU Museum) and a professor of photography and visual communication in the School of Journalism at Michigan State. He has curated several shows that grew out of meeting photographers at FotoFest and has published articles about the works of photographers he first met at FotoFest. Recently, he co-edited the book Detroit Resurgent that will be published in 2014 and features the portraits of Gilles Perrin, whom he met at FotoFest.
He is currently working on the research for Molten Light: The Intertwined History of Steel and Photography, a book and exhibition being organized by the Musée de la Photographie de la Fédération Wallonie—Bruxelles, Charleroi, Belgium and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA. He is the author of the books Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer and Henry Holmes Smith: Man of Light.
He is interested in looking at all kinds of work: color and black and white, documentary and photojournalism, modern, post-modern, conceptual, etc. He is especially interested in work that explores the intersection of art and culture and art and science, the primary missions of the MSU Museum. He prefers not to review advertising and commercial work. He will be looking for work for inclusion in exhibitions at the MSU Museum and for photographers to invite to the university to give lectures or workshops. He can provide curatorial insight and feedback on portfolios and advice on how to strengthen them.