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.
Recognitions 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
Exhibitions 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