Carolyn Bross has been exploring the art of hand painting black and white images since 1986. Each silver print is hand printed by Carolyn on fiber paper, toned with sepia and then painted with Marshall’s oils, pastels, pencils, chalk or markers. Every silver print is an original—no two being exactly alike. Recently, Carolyn began exploring the possibilities of applying colors to digital photographs, which are printed on Hahnemuhle Natural Art Duo and hand colored with pastels and pencils.
Carolyn holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from New York University, and for twelve years was a Forensic, Public Relations and Wedding Photographer, before gravitating to full time in art photography. Her photographic clients included Kessler Institute, Hartz Mountain, The New Jersey Youth Symphony, The Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, The Maplewood-South Orange Adult School, Autumn Stages Life-Story Theatre and others.
Carolyn has been represented by Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, FPG International and Getty International. She has been part of group or solo shows at Soho Photo, Paul Weinschenk Gallery, the Time Life Building, The Watchung Arts Center, The Printmaking Council of New Jersey, AT&T, Met Life, Artfest New Jersey, Ringwood Manor, Peters Valley Faculty Exhibition, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Focal Point Gallery, Montclair Community Hospital, Broadfoot and Broadfoot, Sash, The Community Center for the Arts in Maplewood , Cornell Medical Library, and the West Side YMCA.
Her works have appeared in print in Viewfinder, The ImageMaker, Photo Art International, Practical Photography, The Best of Friends (Volumes 4 through 10), and catalogues of the Luminos Company and Unique Photo. Her images have been on many calendars, book covers and CD covers.
Carolyn has taught hand-coloring workshops for numerous years, including at the Newark Museum, The Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Peter’s Valley Craft Education Center, Brookdale Community College, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Cape May Creative Workshops with Nancy Ori, and for Professional Women Photographers in New York.
Awards have included silver and bronze medals from Mono Magazine, Award of Excellence from the New Jersey Photography Forum, First Place in the Watchung Arts Center Annual Members Exhibit, Best in Show at the Ringwood Manor Juried Exhibit, Grand Prize in the Luminos Competition, First Place in the Luminos Competition, First Place in the Unique Photo Competition, Finalist in Focal Point’s Annual National Juried Exhibition and other