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Anthony Barboza (born 1944 in New Bedford, Massachusetts) is an African-American photographer, historian, artist and writer. With roots originating from Cape Verde, and work that began in commercial art over forty years ago, Barboza’s artistic talents and successful career helped him to cross over and pursue his passions in the fine arts where he continues to contribute to the American art scene.
Barboza has a prolific and wide range of both traditional and innovative African-American thought inspired works that have been exhibited in public and private galleries, and prestigious museums and educational institutions worldwide. He is well known for his photographic work of Jazz musicians from the 70's - 80's. Many of these works are in his book, Black Borders, published in 1980 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In an article printed in 1984 in The City Sun,  he said, “When I do a portrait, I’m doing a photograph of how that person feels to me; how I feel about the person, not how they look. I find that in order for the portraits to work, they have to make a mental connection as well as an emotional one. When they do that, I know I have it.” Many of his photographs achieve his signature effect through the careful use of lighting and shadows, manipulation of the backdrop, measured adjustments to shutter speeds, composition, and many other techniques and mediums at his command.
His most recent conceptual photographic artwork exhibit, Black Dreams/White Sheets, has toured internationally and was shown for the first time in New York City at the Bill Hodges Gallery in November and December 2010. Barboza takes a critical look at the role and experiences of the African Diaspora in the historical as well as contemporary context of race, sexuality, gender, politics, and social issues in American society and culture.
- 1 Career
- 2 Photojournalism/Editorial Spreads
- 3 Advertising
- 4 Television
- 5 Art
- 6 Publications
- 7 Books
- 8 Service
- 9 Personal life
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Barboza came to New York directly after graduating high school in 1963 at the age of 19 to study photography with Hugh Bell, a successful Black fashion photographer who became his mentor and allowed Barboza to work for free in exchange for the opportunity to gain experience in the field. Prior to that, he met Adger Cowans, another of the few successful Black commercial photographers of the time, who would introduce Barboza to a group of Black professional photographers who were members of The Kamoinge Workshop. This group was originally directed by Roy De Carava and was created to promote serious dialogues about photography at a time when African-American photographers were still being discriminated against and excluded from mainstream professional photography. They were professionals who joined forces to support and help promote each other’s work by offering group commentary and criticism, and by mounting exhibitions together. Barboza carries on this tradition as the current president of what is now known as Kamoinge, Inc. and continues to support other Black professional and aspiring photographers in their work.
In 1965, Barboza was drafted into the Navy and became a full-time photographer for the Jacksonville, Florida based newspaper, The Gosport. It was there that he developed his craft and launched his career in a one-man exhibition at the Pensacola Art Museum and the Emily Lowe Gallery at the University of Miami.
Barboza’s work has appeared in photojournalist and editorial spreads for: The New Yorker, Newsweek, Business Week, TV Guide, National Geographic, Town and Country, Village Voice, Vibe, US, Vanity Fair, People, Esquire, GQ, Home, Elle (US, Canadian, French, and Spanish editions) Elle Decour, Vogue, McCalls, Interview, Details, Black Book, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Glamour, Ms., Women’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Geo (Germany), Art News, Washingtonian, Modern Maturity, Mode, Audubon, Redbook, Telegraph Mag (U.K.), The Sunday Times Mag. (U.K.) Forbes, Fortune, USA Weekend, Dance Magazine, Life Magazine, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
Other work Barboza has done has been for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, General Motors, Kraft Foods, HBO, Kodak, Revlon, AT&T, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marines, Sony, Miramax Films, Burger King, Aetna Life Insurance, Arista Records, Nissan, Coors, Absolute Vodka, Reebok, Random House, Hanes, Clairol, Amtrak, Bahamas Tourist Board, Avon, Columbia Records, L'Oreal, and many more.
Barboza was a co-director for a TV commercial featuring his friend and famous Jazz legend Miles Davis for Dentsu Advertising of Japan.
- 2011 Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey - Aria Multimedia Entertainment Publ. -Los Angeles, CA
- 2010 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment-2010-Smithsonian Books
- 2010 Cousin Corrinne's Reminder issue #2- 2010 - Publ. Cousin Corrine Books-Brooklyn, NY
- 2010 Whitewall magazine -Winter- -publ. - Sky Art Media - NYC
- 2010 Harlem – Rizzoli Studio Museum
- 2009 Posing Beauty – Norton publ.
- 2009 Picturing New York – Museum of Modern Art, publ.
- 2009 100 New York Photographers – Schiffer publ.
- 2002 Day in the Life of Africa – Harper Collins publ.
- 2001 Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers – Brooklyn Museum of Art in association with Merrell
- 2000 Jazz: A History of America’s Music by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns – Alfred A. Knopf publ., NYC
- 2000 Black Beauty by Ben Arongundade (Cover) – Pavilion Books, London, UK
- 1999 The Essence Total Makeover: Body, Beauty, Spirit – Crown Publ., NY
- 1999 Khaki “Cut from the Original Cloth” – Tondo Books
- 1998 Men of Color: Fashion, History and Fundamentals by Lloyd Boston Jr. Workman Publ.
- 1998 Collecting African American Art by Halima Taha-Crown Publ., NY
- 1998 Commitment: Fatherhood in Black America – Museum of Art and Archeology, University of Missouri-Colombia
- 1997 Dark Eros/Black Erotic Writings (Poetry & Nude photos) – St. Martin Press
- 1997 Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century – Thames and Hudson, London, UK
- 1996 Jerusalem – In the Shadow of Heaven – Collins Publ.
- 1995 Essence: 25 Years Celebrating Black Women – Abrams, NY
- 1994 Day in the Life of Israel – Viking
- 1994 Artist and Influence Vol XIII (Cover) – Hatch-Billops Collection
- 1993 African Americans – Viking
- 1992 Songs of My People – Little Brown
- 1992 Shooting Stars – Stuart, Tabori & Chang
- 1992 Flesh & Blood – Picture Project
- 1992 Color of Fashion – Stuart, Tabori & Chang/Kodak
- 1992 Day in the Life of Hollywood – Collins Publ.
- 1992 Outtakes (Portfolio) – I.C.P.
- 1990 The Meaning of Life – Time/Life
- 1989 Black Photographers 1940-1988 (Portfolio) – Garland publ.
- 1988 International Photo Magazine Ten. 8 (Cover, Portfolio) London
- 1986 Cliches Magazine 26 International Edition (Portfolio)
- 1985 American Photography, Vol. 1
- 1984 A World History of Photography, by Naomi Rosenbloom
- 1983 Macmillan’s Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists and Innovators – Macmillan’s Publ., NY
- 1982 Verlag Photographers – Polaroid Corp.
- 1981 Camera Arts Magazine (Portfolio)
- 1981 SX-70 Lustrum Press
- 1981 Fashion Theory – Lustrum Press
- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY
- Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC, NY
- Howard University, Washington, DC
- University of Ghana, Ghana
- The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
- Polaroid Collection, Polaroid Corp., Cambridge, MA
- Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
- Fine Arts Museum of Houston, Houston, TX
- Orleans Public Library, Orleans, NY
- University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
- Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
- Schomburg Public Library, NYC, NY
- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
- Mott-Warsh Collection, Detroit, MI
- 2010 Black Dreams/White Sheets, Bill Hodges Gallery, NYC, NY
- 2010 We Want Miles – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
- 2010 Posing Beauty – Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Quebec, Canada
- 2009 We Want Miles – Citi de la Musique, Paris, France
- 2009 Champs Elysees Photo Festival (Paris, France)
- 2009 African American Museum of Nassau County, NY
- 2006 Sheldon Art Gallery, St. Louis, Mo. (One-Show, Jazz Moves)
- 2006 Nordstrom Dept. Stores, 14 Stores (Group Show – Kamoinge)
- 2003-2006 MTA New York City Transit Light Box Project 42nd & 6th Avenue Station (Jazz Moves – Solo)
- 2001, May - 2002, Feb Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO (Group exhibit Miles Davis Retrospective)
- 2001 Brooklyn Museum, NY, (Group show, Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers)
- 1999 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (Group exhibit, Seeing Jazz)
- 1999 UFA Gallery, NYC, (Group Show, Jazz Plus)
- 1997 Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan (Group Show, International Exhibition of Photography & Related Visual Arts)
- 1996 Robert Mann Gallery, NYC. (One Man Show, Piano for Days)
- 1996 Gallerie im Haus 19, Munchen, West Germany, (Group show, FE:MALE, The Beauty of Human Form)
- 1990 Time-Life Tour (Group show Songs of My People)
- 1990 Cinque Gallery, NY, (Two-Man show, Jazz)
- 1989 Drew University (One-Man show)
- 1989 Washington, DC, Project of the Arts (Group show, The Blues Aesthetic Black Culture and Modernism)
- 1985 City of Munich, West Germany (Group show, Nude in Photography) Exhibition and Book
- 1984 photokina, West Germany (Group show)
- 1982 Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC (One man show, Introspect)
- 1982 photokina West Germany (Group show)
- 1978 Museum of Modern Art, NYC (Group show, Mirrors and Windows: American since 1960)
- 1975 International Center of Photography, NYC, (Group show Kamoinge Workshop)
- 1974 James Vanderzee Institute, Friends Gallery of New York (One man show)
- 1974 Light Gallery, NYC (One man show)
- 1974 Colombia College of Chicago, (Group show)
- 1973 Light Impressions Gallery, Rochester, NY (One man show)
- 1972 Floating Foundation of New York City (Group show)
- 1972 Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC (Group show: Eye rap)
- 1971 Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC (Group show: The Kamoinge Workshop)
- 1971 Addison Gallery of American Arts, Andover, Mass. (One man show)
- 1971 Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC (One a Piece)
- 1969 Swain School of Design, New Bedford, Mass. (One man show)
- 1969 Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida (One man show)
- 1968 Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD (One man show)
- 1967 Emily Lowe Gallery, Univ. of Miami, FL (One man show)
- 1966 Pensacola Art Museum, Pensacola, FL (One man show)
- Ken Burn’s Jazz, PBS Broadcast, 2001
- Oral History Interview With Anthony Barboza, Smithsonian Archives of American Art, 2009
- Photographs: Anthony Barboza
- Text: Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza
- Self-published: 1980, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
- 2011 Black Portrait Symposium, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, NY
- 2009 Nassau Community College, Long Island, NY
- 2007 Columbia College of Photography, Chicago, IL
- 2005 Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, NY
- 2002 Wadsworth Anthenum, Hartford, CT
- 2001 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
- 1993 Guest teacher (one semester,) Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, NYC, NY
- 1991 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
- 1989 Lowell University, Lowell, MA
- 1985 Ohio University, Athens, OH
- 1986 Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
- 1983 International Center of Photography, NYC, NY
- 1983 Columbia College of Photography, Chicago, IL
- 1982 Massachusetts State Council of the Arts
- 1975 International Center of Photography, NYC, NY
- 2009–Present Monthly column, “BL!NK,” www.Southcoasttoday.com
- 2000 New York Foundation of the Arts
- 1980 National Endowment of the Arts
- 1976 &1974 New York State Council of the Arts
- 1998-2000 Associate Curator of Photography for the 2001 exhibition Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
- 1981 Panelist-judge, National Endowment of the Arts
- 1978 Panelist-judge, Massachusetts State Council of the Arts
- 1973 Panelist-judge, New York State Council of the Arts
Anthony Barboza is married to Laura Carrington, a starring actress in the 1984 Lionel Richie video number one hit, "Hello." She is also a groundbreaking daytime soap opera actress who played the role of Simone Ravelle Hardy on the soap opera "General Hospital" from 1987-1989. They have been married for over 25 years and live in Westbury, New York with their three children.
- Bey, Dawoud, “A Light from a Darkroom.” The City Sun, Arts Section, 1 Aug. 1984: 15, 18. Print.
- Shumard, Ann, “Oral History Interview With Anthony Barboza,” Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Web. 18-19 Nov. 2009.
- Ryan, Ken, “East Meadow Resident Displays Famous Jazz Photos,” eastmeadowpatch.com, Web. 12 Feb. 2011
- Jacobson, Aileen, “A Photographer Shares the Work That Fed His Soul,” New York Times, 15 Feb. 2009: 8. Print.
- 100 New York Photographers, Cynthia Maris Dantzi and Black Photographers, http://www.artisticsignatures.com/publications.html
- Bey, Dawoud, "A Light from a Darkroom." The City Sun, Arts Section, 1 Aug. 1984: 15, 18. Print.
-  Barboza, Anthony “BL!NK: For Laura, with love” www.Southcoasttoday.com Web. 12 Feb. 2010.