Jeannette Montgomery Barron

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Jeannette Montgomery Barron
Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Portrait 1985.jpg
Jeannette Motgomery Barron
Born October 3, 1956
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Known for Photography

Jeannette Montgomery Barron (born October 3, 1956) is an American photographer known for her portraits of artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Cindy Sherman, and for her still life photography.

Life and work[edit]

Jeannette Montgomery Barron was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to New York in 1979 to study at the International Center of Photography.[1] In 1982, she began a series of artist portraits, starting with painter Francesco Clemente. In 1984, gallerist Bruno Bischofberger assigned Montgomery Barron to photograph Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat at The Factory. There, Montgomery Barron met Keith Haring, Bianca Jagger, and Boy George, who became subjects in her portraiture series.[2] These photographs were exhibited by Galerie Bruno Bischofberger in 1985 and published in her first monograph, Jeannette Montgomery Barron.[3]

Montgomery Barron then collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jorie Graham on a collection of still life photographs entitled Photographs and Poems, published by Scalo in 1998. Her following series of work, Mirrors, was published by Holzwarth Editions in 2004 and includes text by the celebrated author Edmund White.[4] Twenty photographs taken on Montgomery Barron's visit to artist Keith Haring's studio in 1985 were published in her next monograph, Session with Keith Haring. In My Mother's Clothes, Montgomery Barron created a portrait of her late mother through still life images of her cherished clothing, shoes, and personal possessions. As her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's progressed, robbing her of any remembered past, Montgomery Barron began this visual album as a way of both sparking her mother's memories, and coping with her own sense of loss.[5] My Mother's Clothes received praise from numerous publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker.[6]

In Spring 2013, powerHouse Books published SCENE, a book of her portraits from the 1980s. My Year's in the 1980's New York Art Scene, was published in 2014[7] in conjunction with a major exhibition of Montgomery Barron's work at Collezione Maramotti [8]


My Years in the 1980's New York Art Scene (Silvana Editoriale) [9]

Martine Bedin/ Jeannette Montgomery Barron, À petits pas (Bernard Chaveau Èditeur. Paris) [10]

SCENE (powerHouse Books, 2013)[11]

My Mother's Clothes (Welcome Books, 2010)[12]

Sixteen Portraits (One Star Press, 1982–2002)[13]

Session with Keith Haring (Holzwarth Publications, 2006)[14]

Mirrors (Holzwarth Publications, 2004)[15]

Photographs and Poems (Scalo, 1998)[16]

Jeannette Montgomery Barron (Edition Bruno Bischofberger, 1990)[17]

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

2015: Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy [18]

2013: Colette, Paris [19]

2013: Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA[20]

2011: Sèvres—Cité de la céramique, À Petits pas, vases de Martine Bedin et de Jeannette Montgomery-Barron[21]

2010: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia[22]

2010: Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia[23]

2008: ClampArt, New York[24]

2005: ClampArt, New York[25]

2004: Magazzino d'Arte Moderna, Rome[26]

1999: Scalo, New York

1998: Scalo, Zurich

1998: Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia

1997: Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

1996: Magazzino d'Arte Moderna, Rome

1995: Sotheby's, Zurich

1990: Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

1989: Scalo, Zurich

1985: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich

Selected Public and Corporate Collections[edit]

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Kunsthaus, Zurich

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Avon Inc. New York

Ralph Lauren, New York

Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich


  1. ^ "Jeannette Montgomery Barron." Jackson Fine Art.
  2. ^ Elkins, Amy and Cara Phillips. "Jeannette Montgomery Barron." Women in Photography.
  3. ^ "Jeannette Montgomery Barron. Magazzino d'Arte Moderna.
  4. ^ "Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Mirrors." ClampArt.
  5. ^ "My Mother's Clothes." Welcome Books.
  6. ^ "Praise for My Mother's Clothes
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  11. ^ Montgomery Barron, Jeannette. SCENE. New York: powerHouse Books, 2013.
  12. ^ Montgomery Barron, Jeannette. My Mother's Clothes. New York: Welcome Books, 2010. (ISBN 978-1-59962-077-0)
  13. ^ Montgomery Barron, Jeannette. Sixteen Portraits. Paris: One Star Press, 2002.
  14. ^ Montgomery Barron, Jeannette. Session with Keith Haring. Berlin: Holzwarth Publications, 2006. (ISBN 3-935567-29-4)
  15. ^ Montgomery Barron, Jeannette and Edmund White. Mirrors. Berlin: Holzwarth Publications, 2004. (ISBN 3-935567-15-4)
  16. ^ Montgomery Barron, Jeannette and Jorie Graham. Photographs and Poems. Zurich: Scalo Publishers, 1998. (ISBN 3-931141-62-4)
  17. ^ Montgomery Barron, Jeannette and Matthias Brunner. Photographs. Zurich: Edition Bruno Bischofberger, 1990. (ISBN 978-3-905173-30-7)
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  22. ^ "Savannah College of Art and Design launches 'My Mother's Clothes' book tour in Savannah." Savannah College of Art and Design. n.p., 5 Apr. 2010. <>
  23. ^ "Jeannette Montgomery Barron." Jackson Fine Art. n.p., n.d. <>
  24. ^ "Jeannette Montgomery Barron: Vintage Portraits from the 1980s." ClampArt. n.p., n.d. <>
  25. ^ "Jeannette Montgomery Barron: Mirrors." ClampArt. n.p., n.d. <>
  26. ^ "Jeannette Montgomery Barron: Mirrors." Magazzino d'Arte Moderna. n.p., n.d. <>