Barbara Jaffe was born and raised in New York City and makes her home in Greenwich Village.

Her work is in many public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Germany, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland and corporate collections such as IBM and the Sprint Corporation.

For many years she has been drawn to the self-luminous world of the negative print where most of her questions about photography, reality and the eye converge. This special light also describes a space that is strikingly real and yet metaphysical in nature allowing her to create work that is mysterious, psychological and surreal.

Barbara Jaffe has been the recipient of a prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts award as well as a beneficiary of grants from Eastman Kodak and the Polaroid Corporation.

Her photographs have been widely exhibited, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Roemer Museum in Germany, and the Heckscher Museum, New York.

Jaffe was teaching at Parsons School of Design and Sarah Lawrence College when, in 1995, she was hired to run the Photography Program in the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at Hofstra University’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts in New York. She is now Professor Emerita, having retired in 2020.


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Nash Editions, Los Angeles, CA
William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut, CT
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
JJ Brookings Gallery, San Jose, CA
Candace Perich Gallery, Katonah, NY
IBM Corporation, New York, NY
Polaroid Corporation, Boston, MA
Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY
Sprint Corporation/World Headquarters, Overland Park, KS



Helmut Gernsheim Collection, Castagnola, Switzerland
Bert Hartkamp, Amerongen, The Netherlands
Henry Buhl, New York, NY
Manfred Heiting, Brussels, Belgium
Gary and Healy Cosay Collection, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Victor Shargai & Associates, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Alfonso Pluchinotta, Padova, Italy
Lawrence Shainberg & Vivian Bower, New York, NY
Dr. Gladys Foxe, New York, NY
Jaime Reyes & Judy Karp, Brooklyn, NY



2023 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY; Photo of the Week #260; Image from Forest of Ghosts selected for weekly spotlight highlighting one photographer
AIPAD Annual Fair & Photography Show, New York, NY; Group exhibition presented by Laurence Miller Gallery; March 30 - April 2, 2023
2022 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY; Dark Sun; Solo Exhibition
Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY; Photo of the Week #195; Image from Dark Sun selected for weekly spotlight highlighting one photographer
2014 The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT; CHEM 101: The Science of Photography; Group Exhibition
The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY; Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography; Group Exhibition with Man Ray, Adam Fuss, Ellen Carey & Jerry Uelsmann
2012 Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim, Germany; The Birth of Photography - Highlights of the Gernsheim Collection; Group Exhibition
2008 May Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Dark Sun; Solo Exhibition
2007 Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; Sun Pictures to MegaPixels: Pre- and Post-Modernist Photography; Group Exhibition curated by Joel Simpson
2003 Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim, Germany; Fokus Mensch, Man in Focus - Images of Man from the Photography Collection of Helmut Gernsheim
Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO; The Photography Show: A Group Exhibition
2002 Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art,  New York, NY; Fairy Tales; Group Exhibition
Robert Burge Gallery, New York, NY; Still Life; Group Exhibition with Jim Dine, Douglas Mellor
2001 The Parthenon, Nashville, TN; Dark Sun; Solo Exhibition
Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA; Visual Fragrance: Floral Interpretations; Group Exhibition
The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT; The Poetics of Portraiture: From the 16th to the 21st Century; Group Exhibition including Mary Cassatt, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close
2000 Robert Burge Gallery, New York, NY; Botanica; Solo Exhibition
Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, AR; PhotoAmerica’s: Director’s Choice; Group Exhibition
The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ; A New View: Worked Images by Contemporary Photographers; Group Exhibition
1999 Dorrance Hamilton Hall, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Dark Sun; Solo Exhibition
1998 Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY; Faculty Exhibition: Department of Fine Arts, Art History and Graduate Humanities; Group Exhibition
1997 Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY; Glorious Gardens; Group Exhibition
Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, TX; Illuminance; Group Exhibition; Juror: Terence Piks, Director, Center for Creative Photography Dark Sun #18 chosen as the sole image for the invitation
1996 Candace Perich Gallery, Ridgefield, CT; In Bloom; Group Exhibition
The Studio at Curly Willow, East Hampton, NY; Summer Close-up; Group Exhibition
1995 Roemer Museum, Hildesheim, Germany; Contemporary Photography from the Gernsheim Collection; Group Exhibition including Imogen Cunningham, Aaron Siskind, Robert Capa, Henry Peach Robinson, Louis J.M. Daguerre, Fox Talbot & Julia M. Cameron
Ikona Photo Gallery, Venice, Italy; Contemporary Photography from the Gernsheim Collection; Group Exhibition including Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz
Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY; H20 – Vintage and Contemporary Photographs of Water; Group exhibition including Adam Fuss, Lillian Bassman, Harry Callahan, Hiroshi Sugimoto
Robert Burge Gallery, New York, NY; Flowers; Group Exhibition
Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; Dark Sun; Solo Exhibition
1993 Robert Burge Gallery, New York, NY; Flora; Solo Exhibition
G.W. Einstein Gallery, New York, NY; Beyond Description – Images of Nature; Group exhibition including Mary Frank, Jennifer Bartlett & Nancy Graves
1992 Museum of Modern Art, New York; NY: More Than One Photography – Works since 1980 from the Collection; Group exhibition including Barbara Kruger, Anselm Kiefer, Abelardo Morell, Gilbert & George
Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA; Historical Preview: 40 Women Photographers; Group Exhibition
Hampton Square Gallery, Westhampton, NY; Flora; Solo Exhibition
1991 Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Recent Acquisitions – 19th & 20th Century; Group Exhibition
Bild Photogalerie, Baden, Switzerland; Retrospective 1980 – 1990; Solo Exhibition
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Dark Sun: Light from the Negative; Solo Exhibition
1990 Nikon Live Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland; Arles ’90; Group Exhibition
1988 G.W. Einstein Gallery, New York, NY; Artists Choose Artists; Group Exhibition
1987 SSC&B Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY; Razzle! Dazzle!; Group Exhibition
1984 H.F. Manes Gallery, New York, NY; Gallery Photographers
Alternative Museum, New York, NY; Art & Technics; Solo Exhibition
1983 Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Camera Movements; Group Exhibition; Juror: Nathan Lyons, Special Purchase Award of Excellence
Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; Unrestricted Color; Group Exhibition; Purchase Award
1982 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Contemporary Photography as Phantasy; Group Exhibition; Purchase Award
1980 The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA; 56th Annual International Invitational; Two Purchase Awards
1979 International Festival of Photography, Arles, France; Recent American Color; Group Exhibition
1976 ABC-TV FILM; Photographs included in the documentary “The American Woman: Portraits in Courage” Director: Robert Deubel; Writers: Anne Grant & Gaby MonetThis film recreates historical moments and women who fought for equality and freedom throughout the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries.
1975 Fashion Institute of Technology Galleries, New York, NY; Breadth of Vision: Portfolios of Women Photographers; Jurors: Barbara Morgan, Anne Tucker, Liliane De Cock, Marjorie Neikrug
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Women See Woman; Group Exhibition
Drew University, Madison, NJ; Portrait of a Family; Solo Exhibition
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; Women in Photography; Group Exhibition


2019 DARK SUN, Barbara Jaffe, Essay by Lyle Rexer. (New York, NY, Wild Crow Editions, 2019) Hardbound cloth cover, silver embossed with jacket wrap, printed end leaves front & back. 39 images, 80 pp.
2013 The Birth of Photography: Highlights of the Gernsheim Collection, exh. cat. Claude Sui, Roy Flukinger, Colin Ford & Alfried Wieczorek ed. (Mannheim, Germany, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen & Kehrer Verlag, 2013) Hard cover, 364 pp.
Fokus Mensch, Man in Focus – Images of man from the photography collection of Helmut Gernsheim, exh. cat. Essays by Claude Sui, Roy Flukinger, Colin Ford & others. (Mannheim, Germany, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, 2003) Hard cover, 376 pp.
1999 Dark Sun, exh. cat. A.D. Coleman (Philadelphia, PA, University of the Arts, 1999)
1996 Musée de l’Elysée – Museum for Photography, Selected Work from the Museum’s Collection, cat. Charles-Henri Favrod and Daniel Giradin (Lausanne, Switzerland, Musée de l’Elysée, 1996)
1995 Contemporary Photography from the Gernsheim Collection, exh. cat. Klaus Dierßen and Dieter Luttge. (Hildesheim, Germany, Roemer-Museum, 1995)
1984 Technics – Art and Machines, exh. cat. Marina LaPalma. (New York, NY, The Alternative Museum, 1984)
1982 Contemporary Photography as Phantasy: A Visualization of a Theory of Life That Provides a Familiarity with Mystery,  exh. Cat. Fred Parker. (Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1982)
1980 The Print Club, 56/65 – 56th Annual International Invitational, exh. cat. eds. (Philadelphia, PA, The Print Club, 1980)
1975 Women See Woman, exh. cat. Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Yvonne Kalmus, Sonia Katchian, Rikki Ripp, Geri Davis, eds. (New York, NY, Thomas Crowell, 1975)


2004 Mary Ann Lynch, “Shadows and Their Secrets – The Photography of Barbara Jaffe” Camera Arts, Volume VII, N. 4, June/July 2004. Santa Fe, New Mexico
2001 A.D. Coleman, “Negative Capability: The Photographs of Barbara Jaffe” Ag: Darkroom Practice & Photography, Volume N. 24, July 2001, London, England
Owen McNally, "More Than Skin Deep" Review of the exhibition The Poetics of Portraiture: From the 16th to the 21st Century at the William Benton Museum, The Hartford Courant, June 15, 2001, Hartford, Connecticut. pp. D3
Barbara Jaffe; Orville Robertson, ed. Artist’s essay accompanied by photographs, Fotophile, The Journal for Creative Photographers, N. 38, Summer 2001, New York, NY
Barbara Jaffe; Richard Burgin, ed. Four photographs from the series “Dark Sun” Boulevard, Vol. 16, N. 3, Spring 2001, St. Louis, MO
2000 Barbara Jaffe; Robert Perloff, pub. Cover Photograph, The Photo Review Newsletter, December 1999/January 2000, Langhorne, PA
1997 Margaret Loke, “Finding Fresh Images for an Evergreen Subject” Review of the exhibition Glorious Gardens at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, The New York Times, June 6, 1997, New York, NY
1993 Barbara Jaffe, Artist’s essay and 10 photographs from the series “Dark Sun”, Photo Metro, Vol. 11, N. 113, November 1993, San Francisco, CA, pp. 8-11
1991 Barbara Jaffe, Two full page photographs from the series “Flora” Nikon-News, N. 3, October 1991, Melville, NY, pp. 44-45
Georges Vercheval, “Lumière noir” Review of the exhibition Dark Sun: Light from the Negative at the Musée de la Photographie, Photographie Ouvert, N. 74, February/March 1991, Charleroi, Belgium
Review of the exhibition  Barbara Jaffe Retrospective 1980 - 1990 at Bild Photogalerie, Badener Tagblatt, February 1991, Baden, Switzerland
1990 Review of the exhibition Arles ‘90 at Nikon Live Galerie, Badener Tagblatt, October, 1990, Baden Switzerland
1983 Pier Paolo Pree, “Album di Famiglia” Il Fotografo, January 1983, pp. 84-87
1980 Andy Grundberg, “Still Life Comes Alive” Modern Photography, August, 1980, pp. 98-103
1978 Barbara Jaffe, Artist’s essay & 11 color photographs from the series “In the Light of Memory” 35MM Photography, Summer 1978, New York, NY, pp. 70-73
1976 Nancy Stevens, Review of the exhibition Women See Woman, The Feminist Art Journal, Fall 1976, Brooklyn, NY
Anne Dockery, “Woman Sees Through ‘Women See Woman’” Review of the book “Women See Woman” The Village Voice, June 14, 1976, New York, NY
Margaret Berkvist, Review of the book “Women See Woman” The New York Times Book Review, April, 1976, New York, NY
Alice S. Williams, “Shows Seen” Review of the exhibition Portrait of a Family, Popular Photography, February 1976, New York, NY
1975 Irving Desfor, “Spotlight on Women” Review of the exhibition Women See Woman, Long Island Press, October 19, 1975, Long Island, NY
Fred McDarrah, “Openings” Review of the exhibition Portrait of a Family, The Village Voice, February 10, 1975, New York, NY


New York State Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, Artists’ Fellowship. 1991

Eastman Kodak Company, Professional Photography Division, Rochester, NY, Materials grant. 1991

Polaroid Corporation, Worldwide Creative Services Division, Cambridge, MA, Acquisitional and materials grant. 1983

Hofstra University Faculty Development and Research Grant, Monetary award for creative pursuits. 2017, 2016, 2011

Hofstra University Presidential Research Award, Monetary award for creative pursuits. 2006, 2000


Hofstra University, 1995 – 2020; Tenured Full Professor & Head of Photography Program in the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, 1993 – 1995

The New School / Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, 1973 – 1995

International Center of Photography, NY, 1993 – 1994   

Columbia University, Columbia Teachers College, New York, NY, 1992 – 1993

New York University, School of Continuing Education, 1979 – 1981



Associate Editor and Founding Member of PHOTOGRAPH: Journal of Photography, 1975-1976

This periodical grew out of the symposium “The State of Photographic Criticism” that I initiated and coordinated in June 1975 at The New School for Social Research. The panel was moderated by Casey Allen, and included A.D. Coleman, Roberta Hellman, Eva Rubenstein, Jim Hughes and Julia Scully.