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Guide to the Petra Barth Photographs, 2001-2013, bulk 2006-2013

Abstract

Collection consists chiefly of 288 black-and-white prints by photographer Petra Barth. 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. Accession (2014-0101) (189 items; 6.0 lin. ft.; dated 2009-2013) comprises exhibition-quality digital black-and-white prints from three bodies of work: scenes of migrants, migrant services, and desert crossing areas at the border shared with Mexico and Arizona (57); images of Bolivian highlands life and culture (40), including a UNESCO heritage Carnaval celebration; and images of landscapes and buildings, and their visitors and inhabitants, in areas around the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine (92). Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Petra Barth photographs
Creator
Barth, Petra
Extent
12.0 linear feet, 8 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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 by photographer Petra Barth (16x20 inches, gelatin silver) of everyday life in El Salvador. Consists of portraits of people in the country and towns, in their homes, working the land, fishing, collecting water, cooking, minding children, and going to market; also includes landscapes.

Accession (2010-0209) (50 items; 3 lin. ft.; dated 2006-2010) includes 50 exhibition-quality darkroom prints (16x20 inches, gelatin silver) of life in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Areas represented include Bolivia; Patagonia, Argentina; the Bahamas; Foz do Iguaçu and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; El Salvador; Guatemala; Martissant, Cité Soleil, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Nicaragua; Ciudad del Este, Paraguay; and Cusco, Peru. Includes images of people working, cooking, traveling, and resting. Several portraits feature people in traditional dress. The largest group of images was taken in 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. 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.

Accession (2014-0101) (189 items; 6.0 lin. ft.; dated 2009-2013) comprises 189 exhibition-quality digital black-and-white prints measuring 16x20 inches, from three bodies of work by Petra Barth: images of migrants, migrant services, and desert crossing locations, at or near the border shared with Mexico and Arizona (57); images of Bolivian highlands life and culture (40), including a UNESCO heritage Carnaval celebration in Oruro; and images of abandoned and inhabited landscapes and buildings surrounding the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine (92). This accession is also accompanied by digital files of all the images.

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

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Contents of the Collection

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

3 boxes

This large series (two accessions, 2008, 2010) comprises 99 exhibition-quality gelatin silver prints of life in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Prints measure 16x20 inches. Areas represented include Patagonia, Argentina; the Bahamas; Foz do Iguaçu and Rio de Janeiro, 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 photographs of people working, cooking, traveling, and resting. Several portraits feature people in traditional dress. The largest group of images was taken in 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. 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
Oruro, Carnaval; El Alto; Altiplano; La Paz, 2009

The Carnaval celebration in Oruro is designated by UNESCO as a heritage site.

Box 4
Oruro, Carnaval; El Alto; Altiplano; La Paz, 2009
Box 5
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
El Salvador, 2008, 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, fishing, collecting water, cooking, minding children, and going to market; also includes landscapes.

El Salvador, 2008
(49 prints)
Box 1
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

Arizona/Mexico border, 2013

1 box

The 57 digital black-and-white prints document border crossings, desert locations, and various services and shelters supported by the Comedor/Kino Border, ARSOBO/ArizonaSonoraBorder, and San Juan Bosco Albergue para immigrantes initiatives, in partnership with: BCA Border Community Alliance, FESAC Fondacioa Del Empresariado Sonorese, A.C. The prints measure 13x19 inches.

Arizona/Mexico, 2013
(12 folders)
Box 8

Ukraine, 2009-2010

3 boxes

The 92 black-and-white digital prints portray various sites surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what is now Ukraine, abandoned after a catastrophic breach in April 1986. Locations include abandoned cities and towns (Pripyat is among the most well-known) and other sites in the exclusion zone, inhabited towns outside the exclusion zone, and the exclusion zone visitors' center. Included are many portraits of resettled refugees; squatters; and visitors to the areas. Prints measure 13x19 inches.

Chernobyl, 2009-2010
Box 4
Chernobyl, 2009-2010
Box 6
Chernobyl, 2009-2010
Box 7
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.

Locations where Barth has worked as a photographer include Argentina, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Europe, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, the Ukraine, 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, 2012, and 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, November 2010, and Levi Crews and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, September 2014.

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, November 2010, Craig Breaden, June 2012, and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, September 2014.

Accessions 2008-0235, 2010-0209, 2012-0126, and 2014-0101 are described in this finding aid.

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