Rena Bass Forman

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A talented and prolific photographer, Rena Bass Forman created sepia and black and white photographs of landscapes, ruins, and vistas. Her romantic and dramatic images recall the work of great nineteenth-century painters and photographers who, like Bass Forman, traveled the world in search of natural wonders and emotive scenery. By using large format film to document some of the most spectacular settings on earth, her images accentuate the nostalgic and textural qualities of film photography.


Rena Bass Forman traveled to vastly different landscapes from Sri Lanka, to Newfoundland, the Pacific Northwest, and Italy among many others. The inspiration drawn from wilderness helped raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of the natural world and informed the work of her daughter Zaria Forman. Bass Forman’s photographs are held in a number of prestigious collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the United States Embassy in Iceland.

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