"Rose DeSiano is a photographer who uses alternative photographic processes and the visual allure of the digitally fragmented and manipulated photograph as tools to examine cultural symbolism. Most recently, DeSiano has been photographing the visual pageantry of war re-enactments and the veterans who attend these events in the United States. In 2015, she received a Pennsylvania state PASSHE grant that will allow her to continue this body of artwork internationally.
DeSiano has exhibited across the United States in New York and Los Angeles as well as internationally, including in the Netherlands, China, Italy, and Spain. Her work has been included in exhibitions organized by influential contemporary curators such as Nathan Trotman, Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, and Lilly Wei of Art in America. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New Photo Review and UK’s Aesthetica magazine. In 2014, she was a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, an international award for women in photography.
When not in the ‘staged trenches,’ DeSiano writes and presents on a variety of photographic topics: dealing with image manipulation, the collective consciousness and the long, tangled history of the photograph as both a truth teller and mythmaker. She has published and presented essays on The Cultural Perceptions of Landscape in Photography and Digital Constructs and the Photograph as Cultural Space and most-recently “Seeing Truth and Purity Again: through digital manipulation in documentary photography.
DeSiano received her M.F.A from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles and her B.F.A from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor of Photography at Kutztown University."