Barbara Bosworth was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953, and raised in Novelty. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1975, and received an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983. The following year, Bosworth was a visiting instructor at Ohio University in Athens, and in 1984 began teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, where she is professor of photography. Bosworth has received fellowships and grants from the Friends of Photography (1985), the New England Foundation for the Arts (1993), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1995), and the Buhl Foundation (1998). She has been artist in residence at the Bernheim Forest in Kentucky (1986) and the Appalachian Environmental Arts Center in North Carolina (1992).
Among other institutions that include Bosworth’s photographs in their permanent collections are the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the National Museum of American Art; the Nevada Museum of Art; the Phoenix Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona.