New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents a free discussion with Broadway and Off-Broadway photographers Joan Marcus and Carol Rosegg September 12 at 6 PM. The two industry veterans will sit down with theatre reporter Roma Torre and Peter Marks in the Bruno Walter Auditorium.
The Billy Rose Theatre Division of the famed library has recently made the archives of Marcus and Rosegg, acquired in 2018, publicly accessible. The collected works are one of the library's largest digital acquisitions of photography.
Since 1980, Marcus and Rosegg have documented Tony-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning productions in New York and across the country, in addition to portraits of performers and theatre artists. Over the decades, the two photographers and close friends shared a studio space as they ran their individual theatre photography businesses.
Marcus began at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center ahead of making the move to New York's theatre scene in 1992. Since then, she has captured images of original Broadway productions, including Angels in America, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Rent, and Hamilton.
Beginning as Martha Swope's assistant, Rosegg covered select theatre companies such as New York City Opera, Vineyard Theatre, and Irish Repertory Theatre before establishing her own practice in 1994.
The Library for the Performing Arts has scheduled an exhibition highlighting selections from the archives for 2024.
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Check out some favorite photos from the pair below.