2015    AFTER: The Silence of the Lower 9th Ward. Safe Harbor Books. Asheville, NC

2005    Quartet: Four North Carolina Photographers: John Rosenthal, Elizabeth    Matheson, Ron Amberg, Caroline Vaughan, Safe Harbor Books. Asheville, NC 

1998    Regarding Manhattan: Photographs by John Rosenthal. Sunapee Editions. 96 pages. Enfield, NH.


1988    Stories, Sermons & The Grace of Women. A play written, directed and performed by John Rosenthal and Carol Richard. Playmakers Theater, Chapel Hill, N.C. and Artspace, Raleigh, NC.


Essays and other writing (not including 350+ radio commentaries broadcast on WUNC-FM and 60 radio commentaries broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered 

2013:   Freeze Frame: “An Uncanny Mystery: The Titanic.” Text and photograph. Walter Magazine. April, Raleigh, NC

2013:   Freeze Frame: “Old Houses.” Text and photograph. Walter Magazine. March, Raleigh, NC 

2013:   Freeze Frame: “Swamp Mallows.” Text and photograph. Walter Magazine. September. Raleigh, NC 

2012-2013  Freeze Frame: “Aristarchus Jenkins.” Text and photograph. Walter Magazine. Dec-Jan. Raleigh, NC 

2012:   Freeze Frame: “Three Responses to Art.” Text and photograph. Walter Magazine. November. Raleigh, NC 

2012:   Freeze Frame: “Church of the Living God.” Text and photograph. Walter Magazine. October. Raleigh, NC 

2012    Freeze Frame: “Amtrak Café, Raleigh, NC. Text and photograph. Premier issue of Walter Magazine. September. Raleigh, NC  

2011    “Photographing the Lower Ninth Ward” Five Points. Vol.3, No. 3. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 

2008    Essay: “Photographing the Ninth Ward” 7 photographs, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas. Issue 393.  

2008    “Photographing the Ninth Ward” The Huffington Post. April, 2008 

2005    Essay: “Spectating,” The Rambler, Vol. 2, Number 6. 

2003    Essay Narration and 85 narrative photographs for the documentary film, The Morrison Project, directed by Amy Williams and winner of the Best Documentary at the 2003 Hamptons International Film Festival. East Hampton, Long Island. 

2000    Essay (Lecture and slide presentation): “Walking The City.” Annual Meeting of the           North Carolina Art Society. North Carolina Museum of Art. Raleigh, NC. 

2000    Essay: Amazing Conversations.” Stubborn Light: The Best of The Sun, Volume     III.  Edited by Sy Safransky. 

2000    Essay: “Getting Lost.” Five Points. Vol. 3, No. 2. Georgia State University. Atlanta. GA 

1999    Essay: “One Afternoon.” In Brief: Short Takes On The Personal. Edited by Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones. W.W.W. Norton & Company. New York, New York 

1998    Essay (Catalogue): Frank Hunter: Laments. Jackson Fine Art. Atlanta, GA. 

1997    Essay: “Frankie and Patti and Perry and Dean.” Five Points. Vol. 2, No. 1. Georgia State University 

1996    Essay: “Ideas.” Ideas From The National Humanities Center. Vol.4, Number 1 

1996    Essay: “Mulberry Street: The Story of a Photograph.” Five Points. Vol. 1, No. 1. Georgia State University. 

1994    Essay: "Remembering The City." A Memoir published in New York, New York (Catalogue). The North Carolina Museum of Art. Raleigh, N.C. 1993   

Essay: "Sally Mann's Beautiful and Treacherous World." The Sun. June, Issue 210. Chapel Hill, N.C.  

1990    Essay (Lecture): "On Photographing the Homeless." City Gallery of  Contemporary Art. Raleigh, NC. August, 1990. 

1990    Essay (Lecture): "Stories and Clues: A Talk About Photography." N.C. Museum of Art.    Raleigh, NC. February, 1990.  

1990    Essay (Interview): "The Ethics of Seeing: An Interview with John Rosenthal" by Michael Read.   The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas. Issue 170. Chapel Hill, NC. 

1988    Essay (Catalogue):  The Psychological Landscape: An Invitational Photography Exhibition, curated by John Rosenthal. Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art. Greensboro, NC. 

1988    Essay (Lecture): "Jacques-Henri Lartigue: The Discovery of a Dashing New World." N.C. Museum of Art. February, 1988. Raleigh, NC. 

1988    An Interview by John Rosenthal with Emmet Gowin and Helen Gee," published in National Aperture 3 Exhibition Catalogue. Hunter Publishing Company. Winston-Salem, NC. 

1987    Essay: "Insisting on Plenitude." ARTVU: Contemporary Southeastern Visual Arts. Essay and photographs. Summer 1987. pp. 34-38. Chapel Hill, NC. 

1987    Essay: "Design as Meaning: An Artist's View of His World and His Art." Text and photographs. NCArts. pp. 6-8. N.C. Arts Council.  Raleigh, N.C.  

1987    Essay (Catalogue): "Barbara Grenell," for Grenell/Koop Exhibition. Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. 

1987    Essay: "Stealing Souls: Thoughts on Photography." A Bell Ringing in an Empty Sky. The Best of the Sun Vol. II. pp. 65-78.  Mho & Mho Works. San Diego, CA. 

1986    Essay (Lecture): The North Carolina Artists Series: Talks by N.C. Artists. Lecture delivered at the N.C. Museum of Art: "The Various Fictions of Truth." Raleigh, N.C. 

1986    Essay: "The Fashionable Image." The Arts Journal. pp. 4,5. Vol.12, No. 1. Asheville, NC. 

1985: Essay: "Sharing History, With Rufus." A Bell Ringing in an Empty Sky. The Best of the Sun Vol. I. pp. 27-42 and “Insisting on Love” pp.95-111.  Mho & Mho Works. San Diego, CA. 

1985    Essay: “Ansel Adams at the National Gallery." Spectator Magazine. Vol. 8, No. 5. Raleigh, NC. 

1985    Essay: "Magnificent Obsessions: Thoughts on Diane Arbus." Spectator Magazine, pp.5-8, Vol. 7, No. 43. September 12. Raleigh, NC.