Charles Rozier | House Music
House Music is a collection of intimate photographs, spanning almost thirty years, that chronicle seemingly quotidian moments in the lives of multiple generations of the photographer’s extended family. Training the camera on those closest to him, Charles Rozier brings the sensibility of a street photographer to his own domestic setting. This is a body of work that transcends convention and the particularities of his own circumstances to create a story that speaks to universal experience.
House Music underscores the uncanny in the everyday, presenting a series of suddenly meaningful tableaux framed by the stage of ordinary surroundings. Circumstance and familiarity have made the photographer invisible—in very few images do we see any recognition of his actions by his subjects—but we are deeply aware of his presence. Though Rozier does not appear in these images, House Music is a self-portrait, a moving memoir of a man and his world over time. This is a book about beginnings and endings, over a long generation in which everything has changed, including the photographer himself. Alison Nordstrom