Barbara Hershey Cibachrome Photograph of Surreal Still Life, Late 20th Century
Barbara Hershey (American, 1943 – 1992)
Untitled (surreal still life), late 20th century
Photographer Barbara Hershey was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Known for her distinctive application of the cibachrome and cliché verre processes, Hershey used photography as means to explore our inner lives by utilizing images meant to invoke complex layers, much like the subconscious or dreams, with notes of emerging feminism. Beginning her artistic career in black and white, Hershey plunged into the use of color by experimenting with painting on negatives, collaging those negatives, making collages of the subsequent photographs, and photographing those collages. Notably she created a personal series that revolved around the exuberance of pre-adolescence in her daughter, Andrea, which sought to reflect the moods felt by her age group through her layering process. Meanwhile, Hershey became a professor of art history and history of photography at her alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, and also taught for periods of time at Wright State University, Northern Kentucky University, and Miami University. In 1981 Hershey was an artist-in-residence for the Ohio Arts Council “Artist’s in Education” Program, exhibiting her work in a number of one-person shows. Her work has been collected by various private and public collections. A retrospective of Hershey’s work was held at Miami University in 1995, featuring the full and complex range of her photographs.
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