Bob Barrrett lives and works in New
York's Hudson Valley. He began working as a commercial product
and architectural photographer in New York City in the early
1970s. At the same time, he became involved with the then
nascent American craft movement, when he began shooting
the work of many craftspeople and documenting the craft
scene at the ACC Bennington show in 1972. Later, in 1977,
he brought his portable studio to the ACC Rhinebeck Craft
Fair and began the concept of studio photography on location,
a practice he has continued to this day, shooting at Baltimore,
Rhinebeck, New Paltz, and many other shows.
2004, Bob completed and opened a new studio in New Paltz,
where many craftspeople visit him or ship him work from
across the country. Here he uses an extensive array of equipment
to deliver the variety of lighting that is his signature.
His use of tungsten, electronic flash, and fiber-optic equipment
of every variety extends his palette far beyond the normal
photographs of American craft have appeared internationally
in books, encyclopedias, and magazines, such as American
Craft, Metalwork, Ceramics Monthly, Niche, Lapidary
Journal, and American Style, among others. Most importantly, these images have been used successfully
by hundreds of clients for jurying, advertising, and publicity.