Roswell Angier, born in 1940 and known for his photographs of Boston’s Combat Zone, studied at Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley. Having driven through the New Mexico and Arizona numerous times, remembering Robert Frank’s image of an Indian bar on Highway 66 in Gallup, New Mexico, Angier photographed the towns surrounding the Navajo Nation between 1978 and 1982. His images from the American Southwest depict a people trying to persevere in the midst of a community gripped by increasing marginalization and debilitating alcoholism.
Angier has taught photography for over 35 years; he is on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and currently heads the photography program at Tufts University. Angier’s books include A Kind of Life: Conversations in the Combat Zone (1976) and Train Your Gaze (AVA Books, 2007), which examines portrait photography from technical, theoretical and historical perspectives. His work is included in numerous institutional collections, including: Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA; Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
Roswell Angier is represented by Gitterman Gallery, New York.