Monica Rich Kosann
Monica Rich Kosann brings the same unique approach to her work as a fine art portrait photographer, jeweler and home accessory designer. Her ultimate goal is always to integrate her clients’ most cherished memories and possessions into their daily lives and to tell their unique personal stories in an original and customized way.
Monica began scouring antique shows and flea markets years ago for vintage lockets, cigarette cases, and powder compacts that could be adapted to hold family photographs. As demand for these unique pieces grew, she developed her own collection of jewelry and home accessories.
Today, Monica’s brand-name jewelry, image cases and frames are sold in more than one hundred fine jewelers across the country including Neiman Marcus, and internationally at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, Isetan in Japan and Tsum in Moscow. In 2008, Monica opened her own popular in-store boutique at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
Monica is a member of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). Her bookLiving With What You Love was published by the Clarkson Potter division of Random House.
“Photographs capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld
Monica Rich Kosann has been creating fine art black and white portraiture for over twenty years, capturing defining moments for families and individuals across the world. Like Edward Steichen, one of the turn-of-the 20th century pictorialist photographers that she admires, Monica literally designs with her camera, capturing beautifully composed yet intimate moments. Each portrait tells a story, reflecting the moment while simultaneously remaining contemporary. The designer admits to liking the nostalgia of black and white: “it’s more timeless and classic…and very emotional.”
Monica received her first Rollei camera when she was sixteen. She quickly began taking art-quality photos and never looked back. Today Monica’s client list includes well-known personalities such as Usher, Maria Bartiromo, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony. While based in the New York area, Monica travels extensively to work with clients in and around their homes or on location to create treasured heirlooms that will remain in their families for generations.
All of Monica’s images are created using old-style film and darkroom techniques that are becoming increasingly treasured in this digital age. She prints archival silver gelatin photographs on a range of fine art papers and encourages clients to frame them as they would any other piece of art, creating what she calls “the fine art of family for the home.” Clients cherish Monica’s photos and the narrative that they create for years to come.