Kate Barry (photographer)

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Kate Barry (8 April 1967 – 11 December 2013) was a British fashion photographer, who worked for Vogue and The Sunday Times Magazine.


Barry was the daughter of British actress and singer Jane Birkin and the composer John Barry. Her maternal grandmother was the actress Judy Campbell and her uncle was the director Andrew Birkin. She moved from Britain to France as a child and was raised by her mother and her partner Serge Gainsbourg.[1] She had no contact with her biological father until she was 13 when her mother and Serge Gainsbourg separated. She had two half-sisters on her mother's side, French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg and singer Lou Doillon. She had two half sisters on her father's side, Suzy and Sian and a half brother, Jon-Patrick. Her son is Roman de Kermadec.

Barry became addicted to drugs as a teenager. After recovering she set up a centre for recovering drug addicts in Paris.[2]


Barry is known for her intimate photographs of famous people.[3] She worked frequently with her mother and sisters and was also responsible for the album cover of Carla Bruni’s debut album Quelqu'un m'a dit.[1]


On 11 December 2013, Barry died as a result of a fall from the fourth floor of her apartment in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.[4][5] She was buried in Paris.[6]


  1. ^ a b Pierre Perrone (13 December 2013). "Kate Barry: Photographer - Obituaries". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  2. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2522965/Drink-drugs-decadent-childhood-As-tributes-pour-following-tragic-death-Kate-Barry-reveal-troubled-life-Jane-Birkins-girl.html
  3. ^ Diderich, Joelle (13 December 2013). "Photographer Kate Barry Dead at 46". WWD. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Peter Allen. "France's culture minister pays tribute to British photographer Kate Barry". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  5. ^ Peter Allen in Paris. "Daughter of actress Jane Birkin and Bond film composer John Barry dies in fall from Paris apartment". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  6. ^ Diderich, Joelle (19 December 2013). "Kate Barry Laid to Rest in Paris". WWD. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 

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