Based in Baltimore, Maryland

Rosem Morton is a documentary photographer transitioning from nearly a decade long career as a surgical nurse. She has been a multiple grantee of National Geographic, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation and part of the World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent. Her storytelling focuses on the intimacy of everyday life amidst gender, health, and racial adversity.

As a National Geographic Explorer, Rosem is examining the effects of colonization in the Philippines, from indigenous land rights to the evolution of the nursing profession. As an advocate for trauma survivors, Rosem shares her own experiences through Wildflower, a widely shared personal project that received the 2020 Visa d’or Award at Visa pour I’image.

Rosem's work appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post Magazine, and NPR, among others. She regularly lectures at events, conferences and universities and has her work exhibited nationally and internationally. 

Rosem is available for assignments and speaking engagements.

She is also often found with her partner, Ian, also a photographer and nurse.  
Columbia Journalism Review
National Press Club, Journalism Institute
CNN Philippines Meet the Millennials 

National Geographic x Aflac

2021 International Women's Media Foundation Next Gen Fellow
2021 Pictures of the Year Finalist COVID-19 expression: Donning and Doffing
2020 Visa d'or - Daily Press Award at Visa Pour I'image: Wildflower
2020 World Press Photo 6x6 Talent Program
2020 National Geographic COVID-19 Grant: Nursing Diaspora
2020 National Geographic COVID-19 Grant: Donning and Doffing
2020 14th Julia Cameron Award: Black and White Category: Wildflower
2020 Lucie Foundation Shortlist Emerging Artist: Wildflower
2019 We, Women Artist Grant: Dear Survivor
2019 National Geographic Explorer
2019 New York Times Portfolio Review
2019 Pictures of the Year Rising Star Scholar
2019 Eppy Awards Shortlist Best Photojournalism: Wildflower
2019 Lange Taylor Prize Semifinalist: Wildflower

Workshops and Mentorships
2020 Advanced Mentorship Program with James Estrin and Ed Kashi
2020 Women Photograph Mentorship Program
2019 Eddie Adams Workshop
2019 Missouri Photo Workshop

2021  FotoNostrum, Melancholia: Wildflower
2020  Photoville: Donning and Doffing
2020  Photoville: Dear Survivor
2020  Visa Pour I'image Visa d'or: Wildflower
2020  World Press Photo Screening in Hanoi: Donning and Doffing
2020 14th Julia Cameron Award Exhibition: Wildflower
2019 Women Photojournalist of Washington Juried Exhibition: Welcomed at Home

Artist Lectures
2020 National Geographic: Photography Seminar Speaker
2020 Women Photojournalist of Washington: Quarterly Meeting Speaker
2020 National Press Photographers Association: Town Hall Safety Speaker
2020 Women Photograph: Zoom Workshops Safety Speaker
2020 Women Photograph: Zoom Workshops Long Term Projects Speaker
2020 Photographer without Borders: Storytelling for Change Speaker
2020 Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource: Art as a Voice Speaker
2020 National Geographic Society: Asian Explorer Safety Speaker
2020 National Geographic Society: Explorer Safety Speaker
2020 National Geographic: Photo Camp Speaker
2020 Allied Media Conference: Authority Collective Mindful Practices Speaker
2020 Asian American Journalists Association: Photo Hangouts Speaker
2020 Mountain Workshops: Panel Moderator
2020 Photoville: We, Women Artist Talk #1
2020 Photoville: We, Women Artist Talk #2
2020 Photoville: Inspired Live Speaker
2020 Women Photograph Workshop: Navigating Trauma and Self Care Speaker
2020 Dear Survivor Workshop with Lunas Collective
2020 Conversations Through Art with University of the Philippines

Rosem Morton

Rosem Morton is a documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore. Her visual storytelling explores the intersection of trauma, health and resilience.
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