RoslYn BanisH
Author & Photographer

Roslyn found her passion when she enrolled in a photography course at the Institute of Design in Chicago, where she received a Master's degree in Photography. From the beginning, she was drawn to photographing people. Over time she realized that she wanted to include what her subjects had to say, along with the photographs. This approach of combining photographs and text has allowed her to more fully document human issues.

Published works include "Focus on Living: Portraits of Americans with HIV/AIDS", (UMass Press). An exhibit of photographs and interviews from the book travelled to 35 community-based venues, from colleges to clinics to LBGTQ centers to a cafe. This was a very successful way to make the material available to many different audiences. Focus on Abortion: Americans Share Their Stories, will travel as an exhibit in a similar way

Other books: "City Families: Chicago and London," and children’s books "A Forever Family," "Let Me Tell You About My Baby,” "Just Gus: A Rescue Dog and the Woman He Loved."

Roslyn has exhibited her work in England and the U.S. and has taught photography in colleges and workshops in the U.S., England and Italy. She lives and works in San Francisco.

In Roslyn's words, "I strive to photograph and interview in a respectful way. The interview takes place in a quiet, private place. I invite the subject to review my first edit of the interview to make sure I got it right."

"Roslyn is a great interviewer: warm, interested and encouraging, also sensitive, respectful and non-directive. . . The process, which I expected might be challenging, was actually fun and taught me a surprising amount about myself."  - Arthur Martin, participant in previous work, "Focus on Living".