Biography

 

Twice the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships (1982 and 1991) and a New York State Council for the Arts Fellowship (1973), Mr. Roma's work has appeared in one-person and group exhibitions internationally, including one-person shows with accompanying books at the Museum of Modern Art NY and the International Center of Photography. In 2003 he received a New York City Council Proclamation for contributions to the cultural and educational life of New York City and in 2011 the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

 

He has published fourteen monographs including: Come Sunday (with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), Found in Brooklyn (with an introduction by Dr. Robert Coles), Sunset Park, Higher Ground (with an introduction by Ian Frazier), Enduring Justice (with an introduction by Norman Mailer), Show & Tell, Sanctuary (with and introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), Sicilian Passage, In Prison Air (with an introduction by John Szarkowski), On Three Pillars (with text by Phillip Lopate), House Calls with William Carlos Williams, MD (with an accompanying text by Dr. Robert Coles), Dear Knights and Dark Horses (with an introduction by Alec Wilkinson), The Waters of Our Time (with a collaborative text by his son, Giancarlo T. Roma), and most recently (2015) In the Vale of Cashmere (with an introduction by G. Winston James).

 

In 2010, the Wallach Gallery at Columbia University exhibited his work and published Pictures for Books, a catalogue including work from four of his series. The show traveled to Tulane University’s Newcomb Gallery in New Orleans in 2011.

 

He has taught photography since 1983 at Yale, Fordham, Cooper Union, and The School of Visual Arts and in 1996 became the Director of the Photography Program at Columbia University School of the Arts where he is a Professor of Art. His work is in numerous collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal. He was also a founding contributing photographer to DoubleTake Magazine. Mr. Roma lives in Brooklyn with his wife Anna. 

 

Selected Permanent Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
The International Center of Photography, NY
The Canadian Center for Architeture, Montreal, Canada
Center for Creative Photogaphy, Tucson, AZ
Henie-Onstad Museum, Norway
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
The Seagram's Collection, New York, NY
The Dreyfus Collection, New York, NY
Camera Works, New York, NY
The Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
The Temple Tifereth-Israel Museum, Cleveland, OH
The Buhl Collection, New York, NY
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2014     “Thomas Roma: Higher Ground Intimate City”, FotoIstanbul: Besitkas Festival of Photography, Istanbul, Turkey
2011     “Thomas Roma, Pictures for Books”, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane Univeristy, New Orleans, LA
2010     “Dear Knights and Dark Horses”, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
            “Thomas Roma, Pictures for Books”, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, NY and traveling
            “Composer Portraits”, Miller Theater, Columbia University, New York, NY 
2005     “Sicilian Passage”, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2002     “Thomas Roma”, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway
            “Enduring Justice”, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2001     “Thomas Roma’s Brooklyn”, Brookyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
            “Seen and Unseen”, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
            “Enduring Justice”, Florida International University, Miami, FL
1998-99  “Intimate City: The Photographs of Thomas Roma”, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
1997     “Come Sunday”, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC
1997     “Found in Brooklyn”, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
1996     “Come Sunday”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
            “Recent Work”, Florida International University, Miami, FL
1995     “Church Photographs”, Florida International University, Miami, FL
1992     “Domestic Architecture”, Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
1989     “Domestic Architecture”, J. Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2014     Twenty 47”x35” images from “Mondo Cane – shadow portraits”, part of the Fotografia 2014: Festival Internazionale di Roma, Museo Contemporanea Roma                           (MACRO)
            “Mondo Cane – shadow portraits”, Paris Photo 2014, Paris, France
            “Pannaroma 1x3”, photographs taken with the Pannaroma 1x3 camera designed and manufactured by Thomas Roma in 1988, including Lee Friedlander, Gilles Peress, Raghubir Singh and others, Mercer                  County Community College, West Windsor, NY
2013     “Pannaroma 1x3”, The LeRoy Neiman Center for the Arts, Columbia University, New York, NY.
            “Equus”, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2011     “Pannaroma 1x3”,Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts, Miami Dade College
            “Song and Dance”, L. Parker Stephenson Gallery, New York, NY
            “Childish Things”,Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010     “Pannaroma 1x3”, UNO Gallery, New Orleans, LA
            “My baseII/Photographs I saw in the 80’s in NY”, Kurenboh, Chohouin Buddhist Temple Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
             FociArtFair, Art Basel, Miami, FL
2009     “A Decade of Contemporary American Printmaking 1999-09”, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
            “House Calls”, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ in conjunction with the 3rd Biennial William Carlos Williams Conference
2007     “That 70s Show”, powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
2006     “Object, Aspect, Person, People and Place”, MOMA, NY
            “Helen Levitt and Thomas Roma: Introductions by John Szarkowski”,powerHouse Gallery, New York, NY
            “No Sleep 'til Brooklyn”, exhibition in conjunction with VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week, powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
            “Splash”, Arsenal Gallery, The City of New York Parks and Recreation, Central Park, New York, NY
            “Animutations”, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005     “Collection Galleries: Re-Opening Exhbition”, MOMA, NY
            “Adieu”, The Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
2004     “Pool Party”, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
2003     “Looking at Photographs: 125 masterpeices from The Museum of Modern Art”, The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia and The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
            “Sicily: A Day in the Life”, The Brooklyn War Memorial Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
            “The ‘ing’ Show”, The Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
            “Summer Life”, Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island, NY
            “Sylva, A Tree Show”, The Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
            “powerHouse Gallery Launch”, powerHouse Gallery, New York, NY
2002     “Life in the City”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2001     “The Sidewalks Never End”, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
            “Sundance Film Festival”,  House of Docs Gallery, Gateway Center, Park City, UT
            “Walkabout”, The New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
            “Social Landscapes”, Gallery Sink, Denver, CO
            “Art as Prayer”, The Baumgartner Gallery, New York, NY
2000-01  “Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey”, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
2000     “American Photographers”, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
            “Representing the Intangible”, Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, MA
            “Hope Photographs”, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
1999-2000  “ModernStarts: People Places Things”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1999     “Modernity: Photographs from the Permanent Collection”, San Francisco MOMA, San Fran, CA
            “Hope Photographs”, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, CO
1998     “Associated Studies: Photographs by Thomas Roma and 10 Former Students”, James Howe Fine Arts Gallery, Kean University, Union, NJ
            “Kissing”, H20 Company, traveling throughout Japan
            “Take the A Train”, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
            “Car Culture: The Automobile in 20th Century Photography”, Tatar/Alexander Photogallery, Toronto, Canada
1997     “The 2nd Tokyo International Photo-Biennale 1997”, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
             “The MTA Arts for Transit Lightbox Project”, Pennsylvania Station,   New York, NY
             “Car Culture: The Automobile in 20th Century Photography”, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
             “Hope Photographs”, New York Arts Club, New York, NY
1995-96  “From Domestic Architecture”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1995     “Silent Witnesses”, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland – traveled internationally
1994     “Gesture and Pose in 20th Century Photography”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1993     “Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort”, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
            “Contemporary American Photography”, Canton Art Museum, China
1992-93  “Sirius Studies”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1992     “Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort”, LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
1991     “Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1987     “New Photography 3”, three-person exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
            “Recent Acquisitions”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
            “Idylls and Dreams”, two-person exhibition, J. Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago, IL
1983     “New American Photographs”, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PA
1982     “New American Photographs”, California State College, San Bernardino, CA
1981     “Contemporary Photographers”, Daniel Wolf Gallery, New York, NY
1979     “The Brooklyn Landscape”, Community Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
            “Six Photographers”, Southwest Gallery, New York, NY
1978     “The Inclusive Image”, Jewett Art Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
            “18 CAPS photographers”, Soho Center for Visual Arts, New York, NY
1977     “After the Fact”, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA

 

Selected Publications:

2015     In the Vale of Cashmere, powerhouse Books, Inc. introduction by G. Winston James
2014     The Waters of Our Time, powerhouse Books, Inc. text by Giancarlo T. Roma
2010     Dear Knights and Dark Horses, powerHouse Books, Inc., introduction by Alec Wilkinson
            Pictures for Books: The Photographs of Thomas Roma, Wallach Art Gallery, New York, NY, Edited and text by Susan Kismaric
2008     House Calls with William Carlos Williams, MD, powerHouse Books, Inc., text by Robert Coles
2007     On Three Pillars - Torah, Worship and the Practice of Loving Kindness, The Synagogues of Brooklyn, powerHouse Books, Inc., introduction by Phillip Lopate
2006     In Prison Air, powerHouse Books, Inc., introduction by John Szarkowski
2003     Sicilian Passage, powerHouse Books, Inc., introduction by Sandra Phillips and afterward by Anna Roma
2002     Show & Tell, PowerHouse Books, Inc., essays by Giancarlo T. Roma
            Sanctuary, Johns Hopkins University Press, introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
2001     Enduring Justice, PowerHouse Books, Inc., foreword by Norman Mailer,  introduction by Robert Coles
1998     Higher Ground, D.A.P./I.C.P., introduction by Ian Frazier
            Sunset Park, Smithsonian Institution Press
1996     Come Sunday, MOMA/Abrams, introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
            Found in Brooklyn, WW Norton/DoubleTake, introduction by Robert Coles