Biography

Barbara Jaffe was born and raised in New York City and makes her home in Greenwich Village.

Her work is in many public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Germany, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland and corporate collections such as IBM and the Sprint Corporation.

For many years she has been drawn to the self-luminous world of the negative print where most of her questions about photography, reality and the eye converge. This special light also describes a space that is strikingly real and yet metaphysical in nature allowing her to create work that is mysterious, psychological and surreal.

Barbara Jaffe has been the recipient of a prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts award as well as a beneficiary of grants from Eastman Kodak and the Polaroid Corporation.

Her photographs have been widely exhibited, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Roemer Museum in Germany, and the Heckscher Museum, New York.

Jaffe was teaching at Parsons School of Design and Sarah Lawrence College when, in 1995, she was hired to run the Photography Program in the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at Hofstra University in New York. She is now a tenured, full professor in their School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.


COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Sprint Corporation/World Headquarters, Overland Park, KS
Nash Editions, Los Angeles, CA
William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut, CT
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
IBM Corporation, New York, NY
Polaroid Corporation, Boston, MA
Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Helmut Gernsheim Collection, Castagnola, Switzerland
Bert Hartkamp, Amerongen, Netherlands
Henry Buhl, New York, NY
Manfred Heiting, Brussels, Belgium


EXHIBITIONS

2014 The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT; CHEM 101: The Science of Photography (Group exhibition)
2014 The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY; Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography (Group exhibition w/ Man Ray, Moholy-Nagy, Jerry Uelsmann)
2012 Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, GERMANY; The Birth of Photography – Highlights of the Gernsheim Collection 9/9/2012-6/1/2013
2008 May Gallery, Webster University; St. Louis, MO; Dark Sun (Solo exhibition)
2007 Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; Sun Pictures to MegaPixels: Pre- and Post-Modernist Photography, Joel Simpson, Curator (Group exhibition)
2003 Reiss-Engelhorn Museen, Mannheim, GERMANY; Fokus MenschMan in Focus – Images of man from the photography collection of Helmut Gernsheim 10/12/2003 – 5/16/2004
2003 Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO; The Photography Show: A Group Exhibition (Gallery artists)
2002 Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY; Fairy Tales (Gallery artists)
2002 Robert Burge Gallery, New York, NY; Still Life (Group exhibition. w/2 other artists: Jim Dine, Douglas Mellor)
2002 The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; The Poetics of Portraiture: From the 16th to the 21st Century (Group exhibition including: Mary Cassatt, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close)
2001 The Parthenon, Nashville, TN; Dark Sun (Solo exhibition)
2001 Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA; Visual Fragrance: Floral Interpretations (Group exhibition)
2001 William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; The Poetics of Portraiture: From the 16th to the 21st Century (Group exhibition including: Mary Cassatt, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close)
2000 Robert Burge Gallery, New York, NY; Botanica (Solo exhibition)
2000 Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, AR; PhotoAmerica’s: Director’s Choice (Group exhibition)
2000 The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ; A New View: Worked Images by Contemporary Photographers (Group exhibition)
1999 Dorrance Hamilton Hall, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Dark Sun (Solo exhibition)
1998 Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY; Faculty Exhibition,  Department of Fine Arts, Art History and Graduate Humanities
1997 Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY; Glorious Gardens (Group exhibition)
1997 Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, TX; Illuminance, Juror: Terence Piks, Director, Center for Creative Photography, AZ Dark Sun #18 chosen for the invitation announcement
1996 Candace Perich Gallery, Ridgefield, CN; In Bloom (Group exhibition)
1996 The Studio at Curly Willow, East Hampton, NY; Summer Close-up (Group exhibition)
1995 Roemer Museum, Hildesheim, Germany; Contemporary Photography from the Gernsheim Collection (Group exhibition)
1995 Ikona Photo Gallery, Venice, Italy; Contemporary Photography from the Gernsheim Collection (Group exhibition)
1995 Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY; H20 – Vintage and Contemporary Photographs of Water (Group exhibition including: Fuss, Caponigro, Callahan, Sugimoto)
1995 Robert Burge Gallery, New York, NY; Flowers (Group exhibition)
1995 Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; Dark Sun (Solo Exhibition)
1993 Robert Burge Gallery, New York, NY; Flora (Solo Exhibition)
1993 G.W. Einstein Gallery, New York, NY; Beyond Description – Images of Nature (Group exhibition including Mary Frank, Jennifer Bartlett, Nancy Graves)
1992 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY: More Than One Photography – Works since 1980 from the Collection (Purchase by John Szarkowski, selected by Peter Galassi; Ground-floor exhibition)
1992 Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA; Historical Preview: 40 Women Photographers (Group exhibition)
1991 Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Recent Acquisitions – 19th & 20th Century (Group exhibition) 1991
1991 Bild Photogalerie, Baden, Switzerland; Retrospective 1980 – 1990 (Solo exhibition)
1991 Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Dark Sun: Light from the Negative (Solo exhibition)
1990 Nikon Live Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland; Arles ’90 (Group exhibition)
1988 G.W. Einstein Gallery, New York, NY; Artists Choose Artists (Group exhibition)
1987 Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY; i (Group exhibition)
1984 H.F. Manes Gallery, New York, NY; Gallery Photographers (Group exhibition)
1984 Alternative Museum, New York, NY; Art & Technics (Solo exhibition)
1983 Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Camera Movements (Group exhibition – Purchase Award, Nathan Lyons)
1983 Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; Unrestricted Color (Group exhibition – Purchase Award)
1982 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Contemporary Photography as Phantasy (Group exhibition – Purchase Award)
1980 The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA; 56th Annual International Invitational (Two Purchase Awards)
1979 International Festival of Photography, Arles, France; Recent American Color (Group exhibition)
1975 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Women See Women (Group exhibition)
1975 Drew University, Madison, NJ; Portrait of a Family (Solo exhibition)
1975 Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CN; Women in Photography (Group exhibition)


PUBLICATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS

Fokus Mensch, (Man in Focus), Images of man from the photo-collection of Helmut Gernsheim at Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen;  Mannheim, Germany. Essays by Claude Sui, Roy Flukinger, Colin Ford, others.  2003.  (Hardbound book, 375 pages. Other photographers include Duane Michals, August Sander, Gisele Freund, Alfred Esienstaedt.)

Camera Arts, Volume VII, #4, June/July 2004. New Mexico, USA. (5 photographs w/ article and interview by Mary Ann Lynch.)

Ag, Darkroom Practice & Photography, Volume #24, July 2001. London, England. Timothy Benn Publishing. (12 photographs with essay by A.D. Coleman.)

The Hartford Courant, Friday, June 15, 2001. Review by Owen McNally of exhibition, “The Poetics of Portraiture: From the 16th to the 21st Century” at William Benton Museum of Art. (The review printed two photographs, one of which was Dark Sun #18.)

Fotophile, The Journal for Creative Photographers, Number 38, Summer 2001. New York, NY. Orville Robertson, Publisher and Editor. Artist’s essay accompanied photographs.

Boulevard, Vol. 16, Number 3, Spring 2001. St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. A publication of Fiction, Nonfiction, Art, Poetry. Editor, Richard Burgin. (Four photographs from Dark Sun printed as separate portfolio piece.)

The Photo Review Newsletter, December 1999/January 2000, Langhorne, PA. Robert Perloff, Publisher and Editor. Cover photograph.

Musée de L’Elysée, Museum for Photography, Lausanne, Switzerland. Anniversary catalogue of selected work from the Museum’s collection, 1996. Curators: Charles-Henri Favrod, Daniel Girardin.

Photo Metro, Volume 11, No. 113. November 1993, 8-11. San Francisco, CA. Reproduction of 10 photographs from the series, Dark Sun accompanied by artist’s essay.

Nikon-News, No. 3 October 1991: 44-45. Reproduction of 2 full-page photographs from Flora.

Il Fotografo, January 1983, Issue No. 69, 84-87. Italy,: “Album di famiglia,” Article by Pier Paolo PreE. Reproduction of 6 photographs from Portrait of a Family.

Modern Photography, August 1980, Volume 44, No. 8. 98-103. New York,: Still Life Comes Alive, Andy Grundberg. Reproduction of one full-page photograph (opposite a title page with Andre Kertesz photograph) with commentary on my work, Electronic Age.

35MM Photography Summer 1978, 70-73. New York, NY. Reproduction of 11 color photographs from the series, In the Light of Memory, accompanied by artist’s essay.

New York Times Book Review, April 1976. Berkvist, Margaret. Review of book, “Women See Women.” (Publication of one of my photographs from the book.)

Women See Women, ed. Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Yvonne Kalmus, Sonia Katchian, Rikki Ripp, Geri Davis. New York: Thomas Crowell, 1975. (Inclusion of photograph in a book of women photographers.)


CATALOGUES FROM EXHIBITIONS

The Birth of Photography: Highlights of the Gernsheim Collection. Images from the collection. Helmut Gernsheim at Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen; Mannheim, Germany. Editor: Alfried Wieczorek. Essays by Claude Sui, Roy Flukinger, Colin Ford. (Hardbound 304 pages) Publisher: Kehrer Verlag, Date of Publication: April 2, 2013

Dark Sun, Solo exhibition at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Essay on my work by  A.D. Coleman, ‘99.

Contemporary Photography from the Gernsheim Collection, Roemer-Museum, Germany. Essays by Klaus DierBen and Dieter Luttge, 1995.

Photographie Ouvert, from “Dark Sun” at Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium. Essay on my work by Curator, Georges Vercheval, 1991.

Technics – Art and Machines, from “Art & Technics” at the Alternative Museum, New York, NY. Commentary by Marina LaPalma, 1984.

Contemporary Photography as Phantasy: A Visualization of a Theory of Life That Provides A Familiarity with Mysteryby Fred Parker. Santa Barbara Museum of Art. June-August 1982. 84-page catalogue

The Print Club, 56/65, from “56th Annual International Invitational” at the Print Club, Philadelphia, PA,1980.


REVIEWS OF WORK

Margaret Loke, The New York Times,  June 6, 1997. “Finding Fresh Images for an Evergreen Subject.  Review of exhibition, Glorious Gardens.

Badener Tagblatt. Retrospective 1980 – 1990. Switzerland, Feb. 1991. (Swiss newspaper; reviewer unlisted.)   

Badener Tagblatt. Review of exhibition, Arles ‘90. Switzerland, October 1990. (Swiss newspaper; reviewer unlisted.)

Alice S. Williams, Popular Photography,  February 1976. “Shows Seen.” Review of exhibition, Portrait of a Family.

Irving Desfor, Long Island Press,  October 19, 1975.“Spotlight on Women.” Review of exhibition, Women See Women.

Nancy Stevens. The Feminist Art Journal, Fall, 1976. Women See Woman, Published, Thomas Y. Crowell Co. 1976

Anne Dockery, The Village Voice, June 14, 1976, Woman Sees Through ‘Women See Woman.’ Review of book.

Fred McDarrah, The Village Voice,   February 10, 1975. “Openings.” Review of exhibition, Portrait of a Family.


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2017 Hofstra University Faculty Development and Research Grant, Monetary award for creative pursuits.
2016 Hofstra University Faculty Development and Research Grant, Monetary award for creative pursuits.
2011 Hofstra University Faculty Development and Research Grant, Monetary award for creative pursuits.
2006 Hofstra University Presidential Research Award, Monetary award for creative pursuits.
2000 Hofstra University Presidential Research Award, Monetary award for creative pursuits.
1991 Eastman Kodak Company, Professional Photography Division, Rochester, NY Materials grant.
1990 New York State Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY Artists’ Fellowship.
1983 Polaroid Corporation, Worldwide Creative Services Division, Cambridge, MA Acquisitional and materials grant.


RELATED EXPERIENCE

Associate Editor and Founding Member: PHOTOGRAPH: Journal of Photography1975-1976

This periodical grew out of a symposium on photographic criticism that I initiated and coordinated. 

“The State of Photographic Criticism” was held in June 1975 at The New School for Social Research.

Panel included: A.D. Coleman, Roberta Hellman, Eva Rubenstein, Jim Hughes, Julia Scully.

Moderator: Casey Allen