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After an early career in advertising she spent almost four years in Vietnam, during the war, and produced award-winning photojournalism during the Vietnam War. During the late 1970s she developed her career as an art photographer, with her "Light Painting" series becoming major museum shows.
In the early 1980s she co-founded the Light Institute of Galisteo, in New Mexico, which became famous for its "Past Life" work. In the late 1980s Gluck went on to found the Global Light Network and the Soul Matrix Clearing, Healing and Empowerment System, which focused on releasing "The Primordial Imprints of Separation from God". She has taken this around the world.
Gluck was born in New York, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants. Her father worked as a diamond setter. She graduated from NYU with a major in communication arts and a minor in journalism, entering a career in advertising with McCann Erickson and later Benton & Bowles, before the president of the Young & Rubicam agency hired her as a Special Advisor. Her career as a photojournalist began in earnest during the Vietnam War. She was based in Saigon 1968/69 and 1972/73, working mostly for The New York Times. In 1976 she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and began her work as an art photographer, with a major exhibit "The Stream" opening at The Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe in 1979. She continued her photojournalism as well. During the 1970s she lectured, co-produced the first New Mexico Film and Photography Festival in Santa Fe's Armory for the Arts, and served (in 1978-79) as a Public Relations and Media Consultant to the Navajo Nation - during the Navajo Hopi Land Dispute Commission. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California.
Gluck was one of numerous female photographers to cover the Vietnam War. During these detachments she both flew with the US military on a B-52 bombing mission and visited Viet Cong troops, whom she photographed for the cover of The New York Times. Mark Edward Harris, in art photography periodical B+W magazine, said "Barbara Gluck's photos have been called 'the Cartier-Bressons of the Vietnam War', and rightly so." In spring 2005, to mark the 30th anniversary of the war's end, the Vietnamese government invited her to participate as a keynote speaker at a "Conference of Reunion and Reconciliation" for contemporary Vietnamese journalists and for foreign journalists who had covered the war. She was also invited to speak at another conference, on "The Role of Journalism in the Development of Vietnam." During the visit she photographed images for a forthcoming book, Vietnam: Then and Now, commissioned to include both her black and white images from the 1970s and new images in color. In early 2005, the J.P. Getty Museum in Los Angeles purchased a portfolio of her vintage Vietnam prints for their permanent collection, and included one of her photographs in the exhibit “Pictures for The Press”, representing 35 images of historic events between 1940 and the 1970s.
In 1984 Gluck co-founded The Light Institute of Galisteo, New Mexico, an organization she later left to found a new company, The Global Light Network. She developed a healing process called the Soul Matrix Clearing, Healing and Empowerment Process which she has since taught around the world.
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- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- International Center of Photography, New York
- J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
-  BarbaraGluck.com personal website
- Scenes from the Headlines - Education at the Getty, Barbara Gluck profile at the J. Paul Getty Museum
- A decisive moment, Rangefinder magazine, January 2008
- About Barbara at Barbara Gluck photography, official website.
- Barbara Gluck spotlight, Mark Edward Harris, Black and White Magazine Issue 31 (June 2004), scan reproduced on Gluck's personal website
- Barbara Gluck '59: A photographer shoots war Archived July 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. NYU alumni newsletter.