Thomas Barrow

Untitled, 1975
Gelatin-silver print, 27.94 x 35.56 cm

Frame, 1979
Gelatin silver print, 40.64 x 50.8 cm

from the series Cancellations, Dome, 1974
gelatin silver print, 23.7 x 34.5 cm

Bluff, 1975 _ San Clemente Bluff, 1975
Gelatin-silver print

from the series Cancellations, Lou’s View, 1974
gelatin silver print, 23.4 x 34.3 cm

Terrace, 1978 _ FLW Dusk, 1978
SLAB (Pasadena), 1974  _ Bluff Variant, 1975

from the series Cancellations, Untitled, 1976
gelatin silver print, 23.2 x 34.0 cm

all images courtesy of the artist

THOMAS BARROW has been at the forefront of a generation of photographers who came of age during the sixties counterculture. Abandoning traditional photography, in his hands the camera becomes a liberating, experimental tool that incorporates mixed media, text, assemblage, photograms, and the altering and combining of negatives.

I want to alter the photographic surface—that is, move from the transparent,
window-on-the-world form that has been photography’s primary reason for
being since its invention, to making it a physical object, an object to be looked
at for its own presence and not for a surrogate experience.
– excerpt from a letter by THOMAS BARROW to VAN DEREN COKE , May 16, 1984

THOMAS BARROW is Professor Emeritus of Photography at the University of New Mexico. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where his archive is also housed, and other major public and private collections. BARROW’s most recent curatorial endeavor is the book Photography: New Mexico, published in 2008.

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