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Anthony Barboza Biography


Artist, photographer, writer and historian, Anthony Barboza is self taught. He began his photographic career in 1964 with the Kamoinge Workshop. In 1969 he opened a commercial photo studio in New York City and has continued to do advertising and editorial spreads for magazines throughout the past three decades. Barboza has lectured at the International Center of Photography, Oberlin College, Ohio Univ., Museum of School of Fine Arts of Boston, Lowell Univ., Rochester Institute of Tech., Rhode Island School of Design, Wadsworth Antheneum of Hartford and was a guest instructor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He was the recipient of grants for photography from the New York State Council of the Arts in 1974 and 1976; the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980; and NYFA-New York Foundation for the Arts in 2002. In 1980 he self-published a book titled “Black Borders” with text by Ntozake Shange & Steven Barboza.

In 1997, as a guest of the country of Taiwan, he was part of an International Group Exhibition of Photographers from around the world. He is included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art NYC, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Studio Museum of Harlem, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Howard Univ., Polariod Collection, Polaroid Corp., Univ. of Ghana, Univ. of Mexico, The New Jersey State Museum and many others. Most recently he has exhibited at the Robert Mann Gallery, N.Y.C., Photokina, West Germany, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., Galerie im Haus 19, West Germany, Brooklyn Museum (asst. Curator and Exhibitor); Drew Univ., Studio Museum of Harlem, and at M.O.M.A.

His current work in progress is titled “Black Dreams/White Sheets.


Publications include photojournalistic and editorial spreads for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Life Magazine, Essence, National Geographic, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, Elle Decor, Home, Vanity Fair, Black Issue Book Review, GQ, Glamour, Playboy, McCall’s, Esquire, Modern Maturity and countless others.,


Color of Fashion (Stuart Tabori & Chang)
Artist and Influence Vol.XIII (Hatch-Billops Collection)
Double Take #2 (Jazz Portfolio) (Duke Univ.)
Day In The Life of Africa, Israel, & Hollywood, (Collins Publ.)
KHAKI “Cut from the Original Cloth” (Tondo Books)
Black Beauty (Pavillon Books, London)
Jazz: A History of America and the Film Series by Ken Burns(Knopf Publ.)
Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photog. (Brooklyn Museum of Art)
“Black Borders, published in 1980, with grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
“Piano For Days”, Photographs of musicians in jazz clubs in New York City
“Black Dreams/White Sheets” – Photographs of Blacks in a dream state living in America.

TV / Films / Video

In the fall of 1984 he directed two 30 second spots for Dentsu Adv. of Japan titled Miles Davis Presents Van Liquor “Its a Miracle”. New York City, Japan

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