Rose Eichenbaum

Rose Eichenbaum ( is one of the most highly acclaimed photojournalists working in the arts today. Graduate study in dance at UCLA set the groundwork for a career dedicated to research, photographic documentation and investigation of artistic creativity. She is an award-winning photographer and author of two critically acclaimed books: Masters of Movement: Portraits of America’s Great Choreographers and The Dancer Within: Intimate Conversations with Great Dancers.  Her books have been adopted as important educational resources by a number of major universities around the country. Eichenbaum’s dance and portrait photography have been exhibited from coast to coast including a three-year national tour hosted by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition service (2008-2010). Eichenbaum’s latest book, The Actor Within, due in bookstores in the fall of 2011, features portraits of some of the most respected actors of stage and screen. 2011 also marks the opening of two solo exhibitions at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs and the Ypsilanti Public Library in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Julia Dean Interviews Rose Eichenbaum

LACP Founder and Executive Director Julia Dean asks Rose Eichenbaum ten questions about her background, career in and beliefs about photography …

Julia Dean:  What kind of photographer are you?

Rose Eichenbaum:   I built my career as a dance photographer and portraitist. I am most interested in photographing people.

JD:  How long have you been shooting?

RE:  I have been a professional photographer for thirty years!

JD:  Where did you get your training?

RE:  I studied with former Life Magazine photographer Leigh Weiner in my early years. He taught me how to see and work toward developing a signature look for my work. I also studied under Bobbi Lane who was instrumental in teaching me how to shoot with studio lighting and guided me toward a professional career. I attended the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops on two separate occasions and worked with Michael Greco and Joyce Tenneson. After that….on the job training. I have found shooting, shooting and shooting with intention has taught me the most.

JD:  When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?

RE:  I would have to say I knew after shooting my first roll of film (back in the day of film) that photography was an art form that felt right for me — a visual art that enabled me to be creativity and also document people, places and things. I was hooked from the start.

JD:  Did you ever come close to giving up?

RE:  No, Never!

JD:  Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?

RE:  No, not at all. Photography has rewarded me in more ways than I can say.

JD:  What have you gained by being a photographer?

RE:  The ability to create art, make a living doing something I love and experience tremendous fulfillment and pleasure.

JD:  What classes do you teach at LACP?

RE:  I teach “Discovering Your Artist Within”.

JD:  What do you love most about teaching?

RE:  Sharing what I know and seeing other people blossom.

JD:  What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?

RE:  Know your craft and your equipment extremely well. Set goals and understand up front what you want to achieve as a professional photographer and then work hard to achieve those goals. Commit to an area of photography (i.e. lifestyle, editorial, commercial, fine art etc.) and work hard to advance in that area. (Avoid being a jack of all trades and master of none.) Above all: Identify your intention behind the lens — what are you trying to express in your photography, aesthetically, artfully, technically, politically, socially, etc. Does your photography have distinction? Does it reflect who you are and what you’re about? Once you begin to bring your real self to your work … it will soar!