Kate Barry (photographer)

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Kate Barry
Born8 April 1967
St Marylebone, England
Died11 December 2013(2013-12-11) (aged 46)
Paris, France
Parent(s)John Barry
Jane Birkin
RelativesCharlotte Gainsbourg (half-sister)
Lou Doillon (half-sister)
Judy Campbell (grandmother)
Andrew Birkin (uncle)
David Birkin (cousin)
Anno Birkin (cousin)

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 Franco-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 mother's partner Serge Gainsbourg.[1] She was estranged from her birth father until after her mother and Gainsbourg split up in 1980.

She had two half-sisters on her mother's side, French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg and actress and singer Lou Doillon. She had two half-sisters on her father's side, Suzy and Sian and a half-brother, Jon-Patrick.

In 1987 she gave birth to her only child, a son named Roman de Kermadec with her partner, Pascal Huon de Kermadec.[2]

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


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]

In 2012 Barry released a book Dinard : Essai d'autobiographie immobilière in collaboration with journalist Jean Rolin.


On 11 December 2013, Barry died as a result of a fall from her fourth floor apartment in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, in what was assumed to be a suicide.[4][5] Her sister, Charlotte Gainsbourg later disputed the reports that it was a suicide saying "I want to believe it's an accident" but admitting that it was impossible to know whether Barry's death was accidental or a deliberate act.[6] Barry was buried in Paris.[7]


  1. ^ a b Pierre Perrone (13 December 2013). "Kate Barry: Photographer - Obituaries". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  2. ^ Perrone, Pierre. "Kate Barry: Photographer". Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ Diderich, Joelle (13 December 2013). "Photographer Kate Barry Dead at 46". WWD. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  4. ^ Allen, Peter (2013-12-12). "France's culture minister pays tribute to British photographer Kate Barry". Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 2013-12-12.
  5. ^ Randhawa, Kiran; Allen, Peter (2013-12-12). "Kate Barry, photographer daughter of Jane Birkin and Bond film composer John Barry, dies in fall from Paris apartment". Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 2013-12-12.
  6. ^ Day, Elizabeth. "nterview: Charlotte Gainsbourg, the daughter of Serge and Jane Birkin, on her wild childhood and her sister's death". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  7. ^ Diderich, Joelle (2013-12-19). "Kate Barry Laid to Rest in Paris". WWD. Retrieved 2013-12-20.

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