"Portrait of Jamaica Bay" Living Histories of the Marsh

The third Photo Urbanism Fellowship was awarded to Travis Roozée for his project, “Portrait of Jamaica Bay,” which told the story of a distinctive but little-known part of New York City. The bay supports colonies of migratory birds, backyard canals, airport runways, restored grasslands, and the A train. Mr. Roozée’s elegant photographs of people, architecture and seasonal beauty reveal the intricate connections that give Jamaica Bay its identity as a living example of New York City history.

Program support provided by Paul & Ulla Warchol and
The Eastman Kodak Company.

The "Portrait of Jamaica Bay" exhibition was on display February 10, 2007 - April 23, 2007 at the Museum of the City of New York

Travis Roozée

2005: Portrait of Jamaica Bay

Travis Roozée is a freelance photographer specializing in environments and portraiture. After graduating from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois, Travis worked as a photographer’s assistant with the architectural photography firm Hedrich Blessing and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders in New York City. Travis has been photographing independently since 2002, working for a variety of clients. His work has been published in The New York Times, House Beautiful and New York Magazine.

His first solo exhibition was at the Arsenal Gallery in New York’s Central Park in September 2005.  The show, Rooftop Brooklyn, documented a Brooklyn pigeon keeper and his rooftop coops. Currently, Travis is an instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Harrington College of Design.

Exhibition Gallery

Portrait of Jamaica Bay

Travis Roozée

Artist Statement

My fellowship gave me the opportunity to photograph a part of New York City that I found fascinating while also collaborating with the Design Trust, which added structure and certainty that my previous documentary projects have lacked… The past is so palpable here – the same families whose ancestors settled in this community over three-hundred years ago still have homes here, and fishing and boating continue to have a strong impact on the cultural life today.


Travis’ work has appeared in Arsenal Gallery in New York, Filter Space, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Butter Projects, and the Houston Center for Photography. He studied at Columbia College Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

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