Susan Rosenberg Jones

Photographer - intuitive image maker focused on family and community.
    
Widowed
Location: New York City
Nationality: American
Biography: Susan Rosenberg Jones is a portrait and documentary photographer based in New York City. Her work explores themes of home, family, community, identity, aging, love, and relationships. Susan was a Critical Mass Top 50 recipient in 2017 and 2021.... MORE
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Widowed
Copyright Susan Rosenberg Jones 2022
Updated Mar 2022
Topics Spotlight, widow
There is nothing like the grief one experiences after a life partner passes away. When I lost my first husband in 2008, I searched for books and articles addressing this particular loss. I was looking for suggestions on coping techniques from others who'd been widowed. There wasn't much.

I remarried in 2012. After focusing on my loving relationship with my second husband, Joel in my body of work “Second Time Around,” I realized that my feelings about my first husband’s passing were still evolving, bubbling up occasionally at random times.

Since March of 2018, I have been meeting with widows and widowers of all ages, gay and straight, having been in legal marriages or in committed partnerships. We have a conversation, recorded for accuracy, and I make the portrait. A printed statement from the subject accompanies each photograph. This process is emotionally satisfying as my sitters and I examine together how a marriage can shape us going forward. I hope that by sharing their stories, those suffering this profound loss - whether recently or not - will take comfort in recognition and shared experience.
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