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Ricardo Barros
Princeton, NJ

Artwork Details
Joseph Aquah, Half Bronze
Carbon Pigment, Digital Print
22" x 22"

Ricardo Barros is a professional photographer. He has been the principal photographer at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey since 1992 and he has produced exhibition monographs for many sculptors including Marisol, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Red Grooms and Dale Chihuly. In the mid-nineties he set about producing a photographic portfolio of portraits for an exhibition.  His subjects were exclusively sculptors, a class of artists he interacted with on a daily basis.

In making their portraits, he learned a great deal about sculpture - and perhaps even more about photography. “The palette of choices that these sculptors intuitively worked with lacked parallel in the photographic community. I marveled at the sculptors' freedom. I envied the diversity of their palette. This led me to notice and chafe at implicit assumptions about my own medium. Why do photographs have to be flat? Why not crop a composition within the interior space of its borders? Why should a photographer's 'vision' be constrained to one visual style? What if, like the sculptors' own works did, each new portrait assumed the form and spirit most appropriate to its particular subject?”

Now, a number of years later, he has published a book titled Facing Sculpture: A Portfolio of Portraits, Sculpture, and Related Ideas that addresses these questions and documents many of his visual explorations. The book combines sixty interpretive, photographic portraits of sculptors with examples of their works.

Barros' own work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, Grounds For Sculpture, the New Jersey State Museum, the Museum of Image and Sound in Brazil, the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Newark Public Library, and the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Collection. He is represented by the Marsha Child Contemporary in Princeton, New Jersey.