March IS Womens History Month

Dated: March 4 2012

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In celebration of Women's History Month, it is only fitting that I write of the photographer Rena Bass Forman, born March 17, 1957. She graced the world with her prescense.

As a young girl growing up in NYC, she studied ballet with George Balanchine but had to give up that dream when Rhuematoid arthritis attacked her body. Switching gears and focus, she then attended Hofstra University and Rutgers University, earning a Masters Degree in Arts in Education. 

In the late 1980's through 2010 with her ever loving and supportive family in tow- (her husband Scott Forman, a re-nowned Neuro-Opthomologist and Teaching Fellow at Westchester Medical; her eldest daughter Lila- now a much beloved member of the community and practicing Mid-Wife in Massachusetts and her youngest daughter Zaria- an artist in her own right, talented and dedicated to her own vision and craft- much like her mother!), Rena travelled the world far and wide searching for and capturing images of endangered, disappearing, diverse, fragile and mystical landscapes- always returning to their home in Piermont, NY.

Rena shot in medium format, black and white, silver gelatin and sepia toned photographs. She has recorded and created photographic landscapes and works sof great scope and even greater emotional depth. Her work instantaneously strikes a chords and resounds within one's spirit. Always imbued with her personal perspective and an historical overview and sense of timelessness, her work was and is incredibly complex and terribly thoughtful. And Always, always beautiful. Her works have been extensively shown and collected in the  United States and Europe. Her legacy lives on in her astounding photographs, in her wonderful children, in her husband Scott and in her father, Morty.

Rena Bass Forman died at home in Piermont, NY on November 27, 2011 of complications resulting from a malignant brain tumor. All of our lives are forever touched by the remarkable beauty of the images Rena created. My thoughts and condolences go out to all of her family, friends and colleagues left behind. I will always reflect on her images.

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