Howard Bossen Ph.D.

Howard Bossen


  • Journalism
(517) 353-4613


Howard Bossen is Professor of Photography and Visual Communication in the School of Journalism and Adjunct Curator of Photography at the MSU Museum — the science and culture museum at Michigan State University.

He is the author of many articles and books, including Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer and Henry Holmes Smith: Man of Light. He was, along with John P. Beck, co-editor of Detroit Resurgent, which features photographs by Gilles Perrin and interviews by Nicole Ewenczyk. He co-edited with Eric Freedman One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Belief, a book of essays and photographs by students that grew out of special topics courses in 2013.

His most recent curatorial project, Seeing China: Photographic Views and Viewpoints, co-curated with Shirley Wajda, was at the MSU Museum from January through August 2015. Other curatorial projects for the MSU Museum include Eighteen, an exhibition by Israeli photographer Natan Dvir; An Extraordinary Document of Our World with photographs by Perrin; Detroit Resurgent with photographs by Perrin and interviews by Ewenczyk; On Death and Horses and Other People, an exploration of Czech Carnival by photographer Marketa Luskacova; and The Radiation Mask Series, a photographic installation piece by Swedish photographer Magnus Westerborn. He was the curator for Luke Swank: Modernist Photographer at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMA), Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Kresge Art Museum.

He is currently working on Molten Light: Photography, Steel and the Modern World, a book and an exhibition being developed for the beginning of 2018 with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa., and the Musée de la Photographie de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Charleroi, Belgium.

He was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico and a distinguished visiting professor in the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to FotoFest, Photolucida and Critical Mass.

He founded the MSU Photo Communication in Europe study abroad program in 1983 and has co-lead it with Darcy Greene since then. He has a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has been on the faculty at MSU since 1979.

Contact Information

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Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824