Susan Rosenberg Jones

Photographer - intuitive image maker focused on family and community.
Location: New York City
Nationality: American
Biography: Susan was born and raised in Boston and moved to New York City in 1976. She earned a BS in Education from Lesley College and then enrolled in the School of Visual Arts to study photography. After working in a NYC lab as a custom black and white... read on
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Copyright Susan Rosenberg Jones 2022
Date of Work Mar 2018 - Ongoing
Updated Sep 2021
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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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Grappling with Uncertain Times

By Susan Rosenberg Jones — During the 2020 lockdown and unusual confinement in my high rise New York City apartment, I turned the..

Second Time Around

By Susan Rosenberg Jones / New York City — After having been married for 32 years my husband passed away in 2008, after a long illness. Once widowed,..

Beach Scenes

By Susan Rosenberg Jones — I began photographing at local NYC beaches as a palate cleanser between portrait projects. Soon I realized..

Safe Haven

By Susan Rosenberg Jones / Tribeca, NYC — Joel and I met in 2009 and married in 2012. He had been divorced, and I was a widow. We were both in our..

Building 1

By Susan Rosenberg Jones — I have lived in the NYC neighborhood of Tribeca since 1984. My apartment is a rental – the complex I..
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