On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection at Mystic Seaport


The Rosenfelds (father Morris and sons) were prolific marine photographers in the 20th century in America. Morris Rosenfeld and sons were the preeminent American gents on the water chasing all the glorious boats of the Rockefellers and all of the yacht racing they could find. The Rosenfeld Collection is an astonishing monument to the lives of a family, a father and three sons, who revered the ocean and the boats that call it home. For more than 111 years they photographed the complete maritime experience including the finest racing yachts often during America’s Cup Races.

But the Rosenfeld’s weren’t only aiming their cameras at boats and the men who sailed them.  In an era of sailing being a predominantly male sport, this exhibit at Mystic Seaport shines a light on the ladies who were right there alongside the men, but absent from much of history and from most of the photography of the time – until now.

A new exhibit at Mystic Seaport, “On Land and Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection”, artfully details the lives and achievements of women over the last century. Each photograph tells a story from the famed Rosenfeld Collection – and it isn’t all about yachts and yachting.

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