Roar of the Greasepaint
Starring Photography by Carol Rosegg
You know you’ve arrived when you see your work plastered on the side of a building in Australia. That was the experience of Carol Rosegg, J76, one of Manhattan’s leading theatrical and dance photographers, whose milieu includes the New York City Opera and Broadway shows such as The
Producers and Fiddler on the Roof.
After graduating from Tufts in French and art history, she did a stint tearing tickets at a theater in New York. That led to a job assisting Martha Swope, the doyenne of Broadway photography, and a steady climb to the top of a field Rosegg had never even heard of. “There was no training to do theater photography,” she says. “I never thought, ‘Oh, when I grow up I want to be a theater photographer.’ ”
Each show poses its own challenges. “There’s no stamp, no cookie-cutter way of looking at things.” What she loves is “the interaction, the immediacy, the quickness.” We asked Rosegg to comment on some of her favorite photos.