I’m an observer of subtle nuances. Photography removes the frustrating “you had to be there” tag to my descriptions. – Nancy Baron
Nancy Baron’s practice is inspired by the Direct Cinema style of documentary filmmaking. She describes her creative process as “allowing my stories to unfold as I shoot and edit rather than setting out with a thesis to prove”. In each of her flawless and beautifully composed fine art photographs we are drawn into an intriguing and alluring world, as though we are tiptoeing into it or sometimes making a grander entrance where anything can happen. Baron shares her impressions of the exotic world nearby the places she lives (Los Angeles and Palm Springs) with attentive flair, in her own unique viewpoint. In Baron’s own words, she “monumentalizes these American places and their people that could otherwise be overlooked or misunderstood.” Within her vibrant images, the viewer is transported to the enchanting and balmy life in California, where the American dream and its dreamers exist.
Nancy Baron's background in documentary filmmaking has led to her current dedication to fine art documentary photography. She documents the world nearby, mostly in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, where she lives. Baron's work is held in public and private collections and has been exhibited in galleries in the United States and internationally, including four solo exhibits in Los Angeles and two in Palm Springs.
Her photography has been published in many notable magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Mother Jones, Photo District News, American Photo, Architectural Digest, and Conde Nast Traveler. Her first monograph, The Good Life > Palm Springs, published by Kehrer Verlag, was released in 2014. Her second monograph, Palm Springs > The Good Life Goes On (Kehrer) was released in October 2016. Her third monograph, Beautiful Trailertown was recently released (2017).
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