Tina Barney

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Tina Barney (born 1945, New York City) is an American artist 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.[1]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Barney 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.[2] It was not until 1973, when she moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, with her husband and children, that she began to train in photography.[3] While in Idaho, she studied at the Sun Valley Center for Arts and Humanities in Ketchum, from 1976 to 1979.[4] Additionally, she has completed workshops with Frederick Sommer, Roger Mertin, Joyce Niemanas, Duane Michals, Nathan Lyons, John Pfahl, and Robert Cumming.[4]

Career and Work[edit]

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.[2] 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.[5] 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




  1. ^ http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/story/barney.html
  2. ^ a b Grundberg, with texts by Tina Barney & Andy (1997). Tina Barney : photographs : theater of manners (1st Scalo ed.). Zurich: Scalo. ISBN 3931141608. 
  3. ^ "150 Years Later: New Photography from Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin". The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Tina Barney". artnet. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.mocp.org/collections/permanent/barney_tina.php

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