A Portrait of the Artist

Professor Judith Aronson is likely best known at Simmons for teaching graphic design, but she is also a widely published photojournalist whose portraits include prominent 20th century cultural figures. University College Cork in Ireland recently mounted an exhibit of portraits found in Aronson’s 2010 book, Likenesses: With the Sitters Writing About One Another(Lintcott Press). Cambridge and Oxford universities are among previous exhibition sites. Prestigious collections holding Aronson’s work include those of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Photographs, from left: Keith Simpson, Diana Trilling, Norman Mailer, Sarah Caldwell, and Rosanna Warren.

“I am not a great fan of traditional portraits—faces looking into the camera. Better to capture people in action even if they are just conversing with one another, their normal lives in a familiar setting.” Professor Judith Aronson