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Artist’s Biography

     Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jim’s family moved to the small town of Columbia Mississippi when he was three years old. He spent most of the years of his childhood there but went on to college at the University of Miami and medical/psychiatric training at the Tulane, Washington University in Saint Louis, and the University of California San Diego. Upon graduation in 1982 he returned as a faculty member at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans where he rose to the position of Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Neuroscience until he entered private practice as a psychiatrist in 2009.

     Jim began his training in photography at the University of Miami and has continued making photographs since that time, primarily working with a 4 x 5-inch view camera until he discovered the creative controls made possible by digital photography approximately 10 years ago. He has taken numerous courses in drawing and painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts for almost 20 years and continues to draw and paint. He credits this experience as a strong influence in his creative process in making photographs at this point in his career as an artist. While at the academy, he also took courses in the use of the digital photography programs, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. 

     In addition to appearing in shows, in 2014 he entered a chapbook into the Blue Library Competition, sponsored by PhotoNOLA, which was selected for printing entitled, Beneath a Cruel Sun: Highway 66 in the Desert, A Photographic Journey. In 2018 he published a book, distributed by George F. Thompson Publishing, entitled Sin Sombras/Without Shadows, A Search for the Meaning of Life, if There Is One, in Photographs and Stories, inspired by the southern California desert. In 2019, he gave an invited presentation at the program sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta entitled, Artist’s Talks at Atlanta Celebrates Photography Photobook Fair. He is currently working on a second book entitled, When the Wet Dog Shakes, the Photobook, based on photographs taken from the region of the Lower Mississippi River Valley as well as a companion manuscript for a book by the same title. Many of the images intended for the book appear in this show. Jim is married to his wife, Kathleen, a professional watercolor painter. They have one daughter, Dominique, who is herself a writer and teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Updated 10/20/2022
James (Jim) G. Barbee

Presentations

2019, October 5 – Sin Sombras / Without Shadows: A Search for the Meaning of Life, if There is One, in the California Desert in Photographs and Stories. Artist’s Talks at Atlanta Celebrates Photography Photobook Fair. Sonsored by Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgie, Atlanta, GA.

Exhibitions

1992 Invited artist in group show at LeMieux Galleries, entitled “New Orleans Photographic Salon de Refuses” in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2014 – The Blue Library 2014 Competition, New Orleans, Louisiana, sponsored by PhotoNOLA. One of 30 finalists selected for printing. Submission entitled: Beneath a Cruel Sun: Highway 66 in the Desert. A Photographic Journey by James Barbee.

2015 – TPS 24: The International Competition. Image accepted for exhibition from June 1, 2015 to July 25, 2015 at the Wittliff Galleries in Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
2015 – Invited artist in group show at Christwood Atrium Gallery. “Stepping Away from the Blue Crescent.” May 9-June 27, 2015, Christwood Atrium Gallery, Covington, Louisiana.

2019 – Invited artist at Second Story Gallery in group show entitled “Momento Mori: An Exhibition on the Fragility of Human Life.” May 11-June 28, 2019, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Books

Barbee, James. Sin Sombra/Without Shadows: A Search for the Meaning of Life, if There is One, in the California Desert in Photographs and Stories. George F Thompson Publishing, 2018.

Beneath a Cruel Sun: Highway 66 in the Desert. A Photographic Journey by James Barbee. Chapbook. 2014.

When the Wet Dog Shakes – A Book of What S____(Stuff) happens. (In Preparation)

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