Barbara Levine

Barbara Levine is a photo collagist, collector of vernacular photography, curator and author of several books on found photography (published by Princeton Architectural Press). Her extensive photo archive (a.k.a. Project B) is the foundation of her artwork, exhibitions, publications and collaborations with other artists. She is dedicated to collecting and preserving vintage vernacular photography, and equally fascinated by combining anonymous photos via contemporary artistic methods and technologies to reinterpret the experience of the photographic image. Her series of photographic collages with Martin Venezky based on imaginary horizons scattered across time and place were acknowledged with a 2017 LensCulture Exposure Jurors Award. She regularly organizes exhibitions for Cherryhurst House in Houston, including the exhibition and self -published photo book, CAMERA ERA, which was named a 2014 best photobook by photo-eye. Trained as a photographer at the San Francisco Art Institute followed by a graduate degree in Museology, Ms. Levine served as deputy director of The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and as exhibitions director at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


The Space Between (No.12), 2018. Archival pigment print, 12 x 12″ ⓒBarbara Levine


The Space Between (No.11), 2018. Archival pigment print, 12 x 12″ ⓒBarbara Levine


The Space Between (No.13), 2018. Archival pigment print, 12 x 12″ ⓒBarbara Levine

The Space Between: New Photo Collages by Barbara Levine

In my newest series in progress, “The Space Between”, I am creating photographic collages to explore the tangled threads of self, memory and time. Inspired by glossy magazine pages, home movies and photo album pages, I use fragments of found vintage photographs from my collection and set a line between disparate images to create photographs that are ambiguous, intimate and dreamlike. I am interested in making images to inhabit; in which senses are heightened, the past is the present, time slows and instead of hurrying us along, seduces us to linger.


The Space Between (No.8), 2018. Archival pigment, 12 x 12″ ⓒBarbara Levine


he Space Between (No.9), 2018. Archival pigment print, 12 x 12″ ⓒBarbara Levine


The Space Between (No.10), 2018. Archival pigment print, 12 x 12″ ⓒBarbara Levine


The Space Between (No.15), 2018. Archival pigment print, 12 x 12″ ⓒBarbara Levine

To view more of Barbara Levine’s work please visit her website.



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