Welcome to the surreal world of Thomas Barbey photographer and photocollage artist. With unlimited imagination and consummate skill Barbey combines wildly disparate imagery into one seamlessly beautiful piece of art. And despite of what you may think, this isn’t just a photoshop montage, all his works are made trought classic photographic techniques and not a computer in sight.
All hos creations come directly from his mind and imagination.
Thomas Barbey was born in Connecticut in 1957. His parents moved to Europe when he was six-months old. They lived in Italy and Germany for a time, then settled in Geneva, Switzerland. Barbey began drawing seriously at the age of 13. He attended the University of Geneva, but left to pursue a successful career as a recording artist and lyricist. After entering the Italian music charts, he moved to Italy and stayed for fifteen years.
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so Barbey isn’t just one type artist. Besides his various talents, photography began as a hobby, but soon he was earning a living as a fashion photographer. In 1995 he and his wife Suzanne moved back to America. After years of work in the field of commercial photography, Barbey finds the creative freedom of his fine art work exhilarating.
The process behind his beautiful collages is just as fascinating as the images themselves. Barbey explains, “The montages are created by carefully choosing printing procedures, such as combination printing; sandwiching negatives together, thereby printing them simultaneously; pre-planned double exposure in the camera; the re-photographing of collaged photographs; or a combination of the above.”
They all start with his own black-and-white photographs, taken all over the world. The artist patiently assembles the fragments until some larger meaning emerges. “Every image is the combination of at least two or more negatives that give birth to a completely unusual vision,” says Barbey.
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