Barbara Alper is a full-time editorial and fine art photographer with multi-faceted documentary, conceptual, and narrative portfolios, working and exhibiting for over 30 yrs.
"My core strength is the ability to capture telling compositional elements in real time in almost any situation. I compose within the viewfinder, and I produce straightforward images" says Alper, "My mind-set is that of a street photographer, that is, ever-opportunistic, always looking, with an instinctual anticipatory feel of an image coming together. I also love happy accidents--those special seemingly random creative moments and juxtapositions that simply appear in an instant as people interact naturally."
Alper had a lengthy association as a news and feature photographer with "The New York Times". She has worked with many publications, including "Barron's", "Newsday", "Newsweek", and "Time", and has a large body of historically important editorial images with Getty Images-Archives.
Most recently, her documentary images of Harvey and Bob Weinstein were published again in the New York Times and elsewhere in articles which exposed the depth of sexual harassment in Hollywood. Alper's images of street marches and protests starting in the late '70's continue to illustrate articles providing context for contemporary activist movements. Other clients include Columbia University, New York Botanical Garden, Condé Nast, Spondylitis Assoc of America, among others.
Alper's personal creative projects include the series "Sea Samba", "The Gulf Channel" and "Rockaway Beach". They've been exhibited and included in permanent collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; FNAC, Paris; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; The Bibliotheque National, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Polaroid International Collection. These works have appeared in numerous books and publications around the world.
She was also a finalist for the 2011 Getty Grants for Good.
Based in Manhattan, Alper is represented by Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston; Envision-Stock, R.I.; Mega-Press, Tokyo; Getty Images-Archives.
Alper holds a B.A. in Social Work from Michigan State University, studied at the MIT Creative Photo Lab, and with renowned photographers Harold Feinstein and Lisette Model.