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tina barney has been photographing the filthy rich for 40 years

Before her show Four Decades wraps this week, check out a selection of Barney’s most iconic works, including a few never before shown in the States.

by Emily Manning
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18 June 2015, 12:55am

Rich Gang might have taken a few tips from Tina Barney for their infectious yet unintelligible summer hit Lifestyle. Since 1975, the photographer has been documenting candid moments in the lives of her family and friends, many of whom are pretty members of American and European social elite. Barney's lush large format film shots strike an electric balance between technical mastery and family photo album intimacy.

Barney's current show, Four Decades, finishes at New York's Paul Kasmin Gallery later this week. True to its name, Four Decades spans the length of Barney's image making career, from her Theater of Manners series--early snaps of sun soaked Americana--to later-career editorial work like The Limo.

Tina Barney, Beverly, Jill and Polly, 1982. chromogenic color print, 48 x 60 inches, 121.9 x 152.4 cm. Edition 1 of 10. 

Tina Barney, The Bust, 2003. chromogenic color print, 48 x 60 inches, 121.9 x 152.4 cm. Edition 1 of 10

Tina Barney, The Reception, 1985. chromogenic color print, 48 x 60 inches, 121.9 x 152.4 cm. Edition 2 of 10. 

Tina Barney, The Nude Model, 2010. chromogenic color print, 48 x 60 inches, 121.9 x 152.4 cm. Edition 1 of 10

Tina Barney, Mark, Amy and Tara, 1983. chromogenic color print, 48 x 60 inches, 121.9 x 152.4 cm. Edition 3 of 10

Tina Barney, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Castelli, 1998. chromogenic color print, 48 x 60 inches, 121.9 x 152.4 cm. Edition 8 of 10.

Tina Barney, The Lipstick, 1999. chromogenic color print, 48 x 60 inches, 121.9 x 152.4 cm. Edition 3 of 10

Four Decades is open until June 20 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, more information here.  

Credits


Text Emily Manning
Tina Barney, The Limo, 2006. chromogenic color print, 48 x 60 inches, 121.9 x 152.4 cm. Edition 2 of 10
All images (c) Tina Barney, courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

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