With Shu Kinouchi, LA Dance Project. Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

In the agency world of old, the concept of The New York Headquarters came with a self-generated gravity, perpetuated by the pace and confidence of New Yorkers themselves. People who marched forward quickly, with the belief that others would learn important things simply by being among them and in their…

Embracing Complexity

Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2018.

It’s important in this day and age to embrace complexity. We must push further into the discourses that matter if we are to find joy and a genuine voice in our day-to-day lives. Life is complex. Photography is complex. Art is complex. If you’re not engaged in that complexity, you’re…

3 Things To Stop Worrying So Much About

Xochitl, harpist. Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

Portraits! Big topic. But let’s assume you already are familiar with doing up-close, shallow depth-of-field portraits, or even in-studio work with a backdrop and a two or three light set-up. Great — that’s 80% of portraiture right there and you can make a fine living with that skill set, as…

And Embraced The Noise

“Rain. Fall.” Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2021.

In a recent shoot as a stills photographer at a dance performance filming, I encountered probably the most difficult shooting scenario I’ve ever been in. We were in a pitch black studio with a rain feature that was backlit with an LED at only 5% power. There were two other…

How I Turned My Life Around And Found Peace Before It Was Too Late

“Man in a Fog.” Photo by Josh S. Rose. NYC, 2015.

The great comedian Nate Bargatze has a routine about the best time to have children. In it he says, “By the time my daughter moves out, I’ll be 53. I’ll be dead within hours.”

Funny, I’m 53. My elder daughter is on the east coast right now, looking at colleges.

Los Angeles Dance Project. Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2018.

I was introduced to dance photography about four years ago. At the time, I was 20 years in on agency work as a creative director and had started focusing my personal time on fine art photography to offset the doldrums of commercial art. Those photography explorations were gloriously unstructured; I…

Josh Rose

I’m just a boy, standing behind this camera asking it to love me. Top Writer on Photography, Prof of photojournalism, Leica Akademie Instructor, lover of tacos.

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