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Guide to the Petra Barth Photographs, 2001-2012

Abstract

Documentary photographer working primarily in Latin America and Asia. Accession (2008-0235) (49 items; 3 lin. ft.; dated 2001) includes 49 traditional darkroom prints (16x20, gelatin silver) of everyday life in El Salvador. Accession (2010-0209) (50 items; 3 lin. ft.; dated 2006-2010) includes fifty exhibition-quality darkroom prints (16x20, gelatin silver) of the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Accession (2012-0126) (2 items; dated 2012) includes two videos (MPEG-4 files), Exclusion Zone Chernobyl and On Location in South America. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Petra Barth photographs
Creator
Barth, Petra
Extent
6.0 linear feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Accession (2008-0235) (49 items; 3 lin. ft.; dated 2008) includes 49 traditional darkroom prints (16x20, gelatin silver) of everyday life in El Salvador. Consists of portraits of people in the country and towns, in their homes, working the land, fishermen, collecting water, cooking, minding children, at the market; also includes landscapes.

Accession (2010-0209) (50 items; 3 lin. ft.; dated 2006-2010) includes 50 exhibition-quality darkroom prints (16x20, gelatin silver) of life in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Areas represented include Patagonia, Argentina; the Bahamas; Foz do Iguaçu and Rio de Janero, Brazil; El Salvador; Guatemala; Martissant, Cité Soleil, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Nicaragua; Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; and Cusco, Peru. Includes some portraits, as well as documentary photography of people working, cooking, traveling, and resting. Several portraits feature people in traditional dress. The largest group of photographs is from Haiti, where Barth returned following the 2010 earthquake. These photographs include scenes of people among the rubble in Martissant and Port-au-Prince, as well as some portraits of hospital patients. This accession has been arranged alphabetically by country.

Accession (2012-0126) (2 items; dated 2012) includes two videos (MPEG-4 files), Exclusion Zone Chernobyl and On Location in South America.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

El Salvador photographs, 2008

(1 box)

Accession (2008-0235) (49 items; 3 lin. ft.; dated 2008) includes 49 traditional darkroom prints (16x20, gelatin silver) of everyday life in El Salvador. Consists of portraits of people in the country and towns, in their homes, working the land, fishermen, collecting water, cooking, minding children, at the market; also includes landscapes.

El Salvador, 2008
((49 prints))
Box 1

Central America, South America, and Caribbean photographs, 2006-2010

(2 boxes)

Accession (2010-0209) (50 items; 3 lin. ft.; dated 2006-2010) includes 50 exhibition-quality darkroom prints (16x20, gelatin silver) of life in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Areas represented include Patagonia, Argentina; the Bahamas; Foz do Iguaçu and Rio de Janero, Brazil; El Salvador; Guatemala; Martissant, Cité Soleil, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Nicaragua; Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; and Cusco, Peru. Includes some portraits, as well as documentary photography of people working, cooking, traveling, and resting. Several portraits feature people in traditional dress. The largest group of photographs is from Haiti, where Barth returned following the 2010 earthquake. These photographs include scenes of people among the rubble in Martissant and Port-au-Prince, as well as some portraits of hospital patients. This accession has been arranged alphabetically by country.

Patagonia, April 2010
((3 prints))

Processing note: One print has been removed from this folder for an upcoming exhibition. (November 2010)

Box 2
Folder 1
Bahamas, April 2010
((1 print))
Box 2
Folder 2
Bahamas, August 2010
((2 prints))
Box 2
Folder 2
El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia, February 2010
((1 print))
Box 2
Folder 3
Uyuni, Bolivia, July 2010
((1 print))
Box 2
Folder 3
Rio de Janero, Brazil, March 2008
((2 prints))
Box 2
Folder 3
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, April 2010
((5 prints))
Box 2
Folder 3
Concepcíon, Chile, March 2010
((1 print))
Box 2
Folder 4
Bogotá, Colombia, March 2010
((2 prints))
Box 2
Folder 4
Suchitoto, El Salvador, March 2007
((1 print))
Box 2
Folder 4
San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala, July 2006
((1 print))
Box 2
Folder 4
Huehuetenango, Guatemala, July 2006
((1 print))
Box 2
Folder 4
Martissant, Haiti, October 2009
((8 prints))

Processing note: One print has been removed from this folder for an upcoming exhibition. (November 2010)

Box 3
Folder 1
Martissant, Haiti, October 2009
((3 prints))
Box 3
Folder 2
Martissant, Haiti, March 2010
((4 prints))
Box 3
Folder 2
Cité Soleil, Haiti, March 2010
((2 prints))
Box 3
Folder 3
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 2010
((2 prints))
Box 3
Folder 3
Martissant, Haiti, March 2010
((1 print))
Box 3
Folder 3
Matagalpa, Nicaragua, July 2006
((3 prints))
Box 3
Folder 4
Managua, Nicaragua, October 2006
((1 print))
Box 3
Folder 4
Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, April 2010
((2 prints))
Box 3
Folder 5
Cusco, Peru, July 2010
((3 prints))
Box 3
Folder 5
MPEG-4 master, 2012 May 17
(2.19 minutes)
Video-file RL10024-MP4-0001
MPEG-4 master, 2012 April 24
(2.18 minutes)
Video-file RL10024-MP4-0002

Historical Note

Petra Barth was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1964. She originally studied design in Milan and worked for many years in the fashion industry. In 1999, fulfilling a lifelong ambition, she became a full-time freelance photographer working primarily in Latin America and Asia. She has since won several awards and has exhibited her work throughout the United States, including at Duke University.

Petra has worked in India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Haiti, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Bahamas, Europe and the United States.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Petra Barth Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Petra Barth Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, November 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, November 2010, and Craig Breaden, June 2012

Accessions 2008-0235, 2010-0209 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.