Craig Barber

I am a photographer who travels and works using antiquarian processes and focuses on the cultural landscape.  During the past 20 years I have focused my camera on Viet Nam, Havana, and the Catskill region of New York State, documenting cultures in rapid transition and fading from memory.  My work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America and is represented in several prominent museum and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Art Museum; the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, among others.  I have received several grants including from the Seattle Arts Commission, the Polaroid Corporation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  In 2006 Umbrage Editions published my book, “Ghosts in the Landscape:  Vietnam Revisited.”


Working the Land

There are still those who continue a close relationship with the land and all it has to offer:  hunters, farmers, woodsmen, gardeners, foragers.  I want to recognize and honor these individuals and their committment, in a seires of portraits in their working environments.

I have chosen to work with the tintype process for it’s feeling of timelessness and it’s aesthetic connection to an era when we were all closer to the land.

Sites Unseen: Rural America

Landscape of my youth

Working farms and small towns
Summer playgrounds and hunting camps
Open space

Now fatigued
Abandoned
Overgrown
Some reclaimed
Most not

Dreams let go
Economies shifted
Struggles lost

The Earth Abides

 

 

 

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