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Anthony Barboza arrived in New York City in 1963 soon after graduating from high school to pursue his career as a photographer. He took an apprenticeship with the African American master photographer Hugh Bell and later joined the Kamoinge Workshop, a group formed in 1963 (the same year the civil rights bill was introduced into the U.S. Senate) to address the under-representation of black photographers. At the workshop, he found direction for his photography and also worked alongside serious photographers and noted artist Roy De Carava. In 1975, Barboza’s career began to thrive and his work was well received in publications such as The New Yorker, Essence, Esquire, National Geographic and others.
CLiFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: International Visions Gallery is pleased to present internationally recognized photographer Anthony Barboza in the exhibit Passages, from June 21, 2012 – July 30, 2012. Anthony Barboza was one of the first African American photographers to be recognized nationally and internationally for his artistic style and experimental techniques with photography. Pursuing a career as both a commercial and artistic photographer, Barboza’s work includes portraits of celebrates, album covers, and fashion ads. He has also created experimental photography voicing social and racial commentary, and the unique underground jazz scene that he experienced first-hand in the 1970’s and 80’s. In this body of work, Passages, Barboza photographs people from various parts of the world, capturing their mood and character using his signature dramatic style and the effect of synthesizing his subject to the background using a slow shutter speed that allows time to lapse and more light to shine through his lens. Using this technique, and the technique of scraping away film emulsion, Barboza aims to capture his subject’s spirit and character with expression and honesty by manipulating the exposer of his camera.
During this time he also completed a series of studio portraits of well-known artists James Baldwin, Derek Walcott, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. It was then in the late 1970s and early 1980s that he became an assistant and friend to James Van Der Zee, the most well-known visual chronicler and photographer, who influenced his techniques using long exposures and a manipulated background. Barboza has photographed celebrities such as Halle Berry, Cher, Jay-Z, Avery Brooks, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Alicia Keys among many more. His work can be seen in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, The National Portrait Gallery, The New Jersey State Museum at Trenton, The Studio Museum in Harlem and numerous corporate and private collections. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 6.30-9pm.