Tina Barney

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Tina Barney
Born Tina Isles
(1945-10-27) October 27, 1945 (age 70)
New York City, US
Occupation Photographer
Spouse(s) John Joseph Barney
Family Emanuel Lehman (great-grandfather)
Philip Lehman (grandfather)
Stephane Groueff (step-father)
Alexandra Moltke (sister-in-law)

Tina Barney (born October 27, 1945)[1] is an American photographer best known for her large-scale, color portraits of her family and close friends, many of whom are well-to-do denizens[clarification needed] of New York and New England.[2] She is a member of the Lehman family.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Barney was born Tina Isles,[3] one of three children of Philip Henry Isles (1912–1989) and his wife 1940s fashion model Lillian Fox. Her parents later divorced and her mother remarried to writer Stephane Groueff. Her great-grandfather was Emanuel Lehman, co-founder of Lehman Brothers. She was introduced to photography by her grandfather when she was a child. As a teenager, she studied Art History at Spence School in Manhattan, and at the age of 19, she lived in Italy for a time where she was able to further study art.[4] It was not until 1973, when she moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, with her husband and children, that she began to train in photography.[5] While in Idaho, she studied at the Sun Valley Center for Arts and Humanities in Ketchum, from 1976 to 1979.[6] Additionally, she has completed workshops with Frederick Sommer, Roger Mertin, Joyce Niemanas, Duane Michals, Nathan Lyons, John Pfahl, and Robert Cumming.[6]


Barney is most well known for creating large format, colorful photographs of her wealthy, East Coast family. The images straddle the line between candid and tableau photography.[4] Barney's work is in the collections of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection in New York City; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.[7] More recently her work has been shown at the New York State Theater in New York, in 2011; The Barbican Art Centre, London; Museum Folkwang in Essen, Museum der Art Moderne, Salzburg, and others.

Barney has also produced or co-directed short films on the photographers Jan Groover (Jan Groover: Tilting at Space, 1994) and Horst P. Horst (Horst, 1988). She had a documentary filmed about her life, aired 2007 on Sundance Channel, directed by Jaci Judelson. Barney has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1991, and the 2010 Lucie Award for Achievement in Portraiture.

Barney is currently represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City

Personal life[edit]

In 1966, she married John Joseph Barney of Watch Hill, Rhode Island.[3] Her brother, Philip Henry Isles II, married to actress Alexandra Moltke[8]




  1. ^ a b Full text of "John L. Loeb Collection" retrieved October 28, 2015
  2. ^ "so the story goes". Artic.edu. 2006-12-03. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b Stony Brook University: "Exteriors, Interiors, and Positionality: The Photography of Tina Barney - A Dissertation Presented by Susan A. Van Scoy May 2010 - p.44
  4. ^ a b Grundberg, with texts by Tina Barney & Andy (1997). Tina Barney : photographs : theater of manners (1st Scalo ed.). Zurich: Scalo. ISBN 3931141608. 
  5. ^ "150 Years Later: New Photography from Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin". The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Tina Barney". artnet. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Collection | Museum of Contemporary Photography". Mocp.org. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  8. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Hannah Bond, Adam Isles". The New York Times. September 14, 2003. 

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