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Marina's Room

1987 Tina Barney Born: New York, New York 1945 chromogenic print sheet: 48 x 60 in. (121.9 x 52.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1987, Tina Barney, Courtesy Janet Borden, Inc. 1989.5 Not currently on view

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Although this image has a snapshot-like feel—as if we too were sitting on the bed—Tina Barney, who was one of the first photographers to make oversize prints, works with a large-format view camera. The near life-size scale of her images adds to their sense of immediacy, and the rich colors and busy interior draw us further into the scene. Barney documents the social and economic elite as an insider, capturing a world that is out of reach of most Americans, yet her photographs portray the intimate gestures and relationships common to every family.

Close to Home: Photographers and their Families, 2011


Architecture Interior - domestic - bedroom

Portrait female - Tatischeff, Marina - child

Portrait group - family - father and child

photography - photoprint



dye coupler - ektacolor plus

About Tina Barney

Born: New York, New York 1945