About Lisa Barlow


I am a Brooklyn, Colorado and Mexico City based photographer.

My long career includes many years as a documentarian for public television and a major NYC hospital. I taught photography in three NYC private schools, worked as a writer for the International Center of Photography and commemorated countless weddings and celebrations.

I am a member of the 2022 cohort of the Penumbra Foundation Long Term Book Project and the 2023 Chico Review. 

My Work

"Narrative storyteller" best describes the way I work. I am drawn to people and places and aim to reveal the sometimes startling poetry and drama that these encounters reveal.

Like many photographers, I returned to my archive during the Pandemic. This is how I rediscovered Waterbury 1981. Made as an undergraduate at Yale, this work was awarded the Norman Holmes Pearson Prize in American Studies and has certainly guided the nature of all the photographs I have made since. Gotham City is the work I made just out of college when I moved back home to NYC.  

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