Queens based photographer Susan Morelock has long worked with subjects that bring image-making and history into a shared narrative and literary space.

With Rosarium she photographs rose bushes in Astoria, Queens, the neighborhood in which she lives. The project pays tribute both to local architecture and to the showy domestic blooms of late spring. This set of postcards is published as Astoria is being gentrified, a process that includes replacing the old buildings with new, despite its waterfront areas and proximity to Manhattan, this neighborhood remained working-class and untouched for many years. On the back of each postcard, Morelock has provided a caption identifying each rose cultivar with its often poetic name.

Rosarium by  Susan Morelock

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