Biography

Barbara Jaffe is an internationally collected, exhibited, and published fine-art photographer.

Her photography is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, le Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the Musée de la Photographie a Charleroi in Belgium, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Philadelphia Museum, the Brooklyn Museum. She is also in private and corporate collections including the Helmut Gernsheim Collection, Polaroid and IBM.

She was the recipient of a prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts award in 1990, and has been a beneficiary of grants from Eastman Kodak and the Polaroid Corporation.

Barbara was an Associate Editor and Founding Member of the publication, PHOTOGRAPH: Journal of Photography, in 1975-76. This journal grew out of a symposium she initiated and coordinated, “The State of Photographic Criticism,” held at The New School/Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1975.

Since 1995 she has been a tenured, full professor and head the photography program in the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at Hofstra University’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts in New York.

Barbara Jaffe was born and raised in New York City and lives in Greenwich Village. She received her M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City in 1979.