Biography

A native of Niagara Falls and a graduate of Cornell University, Ann Rhoney (b. 1953) approaches her work as a photographer with a painter’s sensitivity to color and light. She applies oil paints by hand to her gelatin-silver prints, allowing each piece to transcend the two-dimensional picture plane. The Metropolitan Museum of Art wrote of her photograph Silk Dress Coming (1987), which was featured in its landmark exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop (2012-13), "Frustrated by the distortions and expressive limitations of commercially produced color film, Rhoney uses oil paint to color her black-and-white photographs in a naturalistic style that allows for great chromatic subtlety yet fastidiously conceals its own artifice."

In addition to exhibiting her work widely in art galleries and museums across the United States, Rhoney has enjoyed a long career as an artist for periodicals and in advertisements for companies like Apple and United Colors of Benetton. Her work has been featured on the covers of New York Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune, Life, and Tibor Kalman’s Colors, and has been used to illustrate articles in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and Vogue.

Rhoney’s work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; the American Scandinavian Foundation, New York, NY; the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY; the Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY; the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas Austin; the Paul Sack Photographic Trust, San Francisco, CA; and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, among other public and private institutions.

Rhoney lives and works in San Francisco.

Selected Exhibitions

2017  Collected, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
2012-2013  Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2003  Angles on Scandinavia, Scandinavia House, New York, NY
1998  Hope Photographs, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
1991  Ann Rhoney, Thackrey and Robertson, San Francisco, CA
1986  A Century of Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
1985  Summer Places, Daniel Wolf Gallery, New York, NY

Selected collections

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
American Scandinavian Foundation, New York, NY
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Burchfield Penney Art Center, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY
George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
Howard Stein Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Paul Sack Photographic Trust, San Francisco, CA