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Rosie is a documentary photographer with a strong and distinctive narrative style. Her images are disarmingly simple and yet she manages to access people's lives, our lives, with a real visual truth.  There is no fakery here. Potent and evocative, she communicates at an emotional level which is quietly powerful.  She continues to revisit topics connected to the environment and our relationship with the natural world... weighty themes which she looks at with a sometimes quirky degree of humour that allows them to resonate and stay with the viewer just that bit longer.

She has had work shown at the National Museum of Photography in Bradford, at the National Portrait Gallery, the Photographers' Gallery at the Hereford International Photography Festival and in other festivals and exhibitions in Slovakia, France, Sweden and Germany.  She's also had work published in national and international publications including the Guardian Weekend Magazine, Foto8 Magazine and the Frankfuter Rundschau Magazine.  

Having been given her Dad's silver Pentax when she was 12, she started to photograph incessantly and instinctively, with no real reference points.  She was a secretary in advertising, at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, in the 80s, but it wasn't until the 90s that she finally studied photography part-time with the brilliant Mick Williamson at John Cass School of Art in Whitechapel.  Then a degree at Brighton with the equally inspiring Mark Power and Paul Reas.  "We were encouraged to think about 'making pictures about something' rather than 'taking pictures of something' - which certainly makes 'things' more interesting".

Rosie's real name is Rosalyn.  She loves London and has lived in Borough for 18 years with the art director Martin Galton and their two boys Stanley and Victor.  One of her signature pieces of work is 'Understanding Stanley'.  Soon to be published, it is a beautiful, accessible, awareness-led study of her son's autism.  When not working, she can be found singing with the London Morris Folk Choir, knitting, adding to her collection of flick books and 1950s pictorial toffee tins, hiking (preferably in woodland), organising her bi-monthly film club in Soho, helping run (and hosting parent support groups for) the Southwark Branch of the National Autistic Society or, if it's a Saturday, reading the Family section of the Guardian - 'the week's best read'...

Rosalyn 'Rosie' Barnes

rosie@rosiebarnes.com

07711 623 566  |  020 7403 2498

 

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