Photo by  Kelly Desmond Bray

Interview with Rose Callahan on the Candid Frame podcast:

Those who seek beauty will find it.
— Bill Cunningham

About Rose Callahan

Photographer and Filmmaker Rose Callahan’s work is an ongoing investigation of the convergence of style and portraiture, and she is always on the lookout for that sweet spot where they connect. Her favorite subjects - famous, infamous, legendary or unknown - are chosen for their authentic style and documented with her empathic and curious eye. 

Rose lives in Brooklyn with her husband and creative partner Kelly Desmond Bray. Born in the eccentric milieu of San Francisco and raised from the age of eight in the Gold Rush town of Grass Valley, California, Rose has been interested in photography since she was ten, when her mother brought her to a darkroom for the first time. Rose received her BFA in photography from California College of Arts and moved to New York City in 1999, where she has spent the years since honing her craft and becoming a world-renowned commercial photographer. Rose’s photos have appeared in numerous publications including L’Uomo Vogue, Esquire, Cartier Art, London Sunday Times, GQ South Africa, Wall Street Journal, Elle China, National Geographic Traveler, and Spirit and Flesh. Her clients include American Express, Mastercard, Gilt Groupe, Random House, The Global Fund, and since 2013 Rose is the exclusive photographer for the Metropolitan Opera’s style blog Last Night at the Metwhere she documents the diverse personal style of the audience as they mingle and strut in the iconic opera house.

Two volumes of Rose’s photography are coffee table books: I am Dandy and the latest We are Dandy both profile men around the globe for whom dressing is elevated to an art. Rose began documenting the nuances and extremes of masculine elegance in 2008 on her blog The Dandy Portraits

Rose’s photographs have been exhibited at RISD Museum in Providence, and have been featured since 2013 in the ongoing traveling exhibit Dandy Lion in Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, and Brighton, United Kingdom. 


Photos by Kelly Desmond Bray