Barbara and Zafer Baran


Barbara Baran

Born 1956 UK. Studied University College London (1974-78) and Goldsmiths College, London (1981-82).
Zafer Baran
Born 1955 Turkey. Studied State Academy of Fine Arts, Istanbul (1973-77) and Goldsmiths College, London (1979-81).

Barbara and Zafer Baran live and work in London.


Solo exhibitions

Moon and Star Drawings, Galeri Mana, Istanbul 2014
Observatory: A Retrospective (Rasathane: Retrospektif), Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul 2013-14
Turner's View / Star Drawings, England & Co, London 2011
Mediterranean Voices: Eight Portraits, London Metropolitan University, 2008 onwards
The Garden of Earthly Delights, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul 2005 (Beyond: Simultaneous Projects, 9th International Istanbul Biennial)
The Flower Cabinet, The Blue Gallery, London 2004
Ephemera, The Blue Gallery, London 2003
Atlas (as part of Roundtrip Istanbul III), Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul 2000
Zafer Baran: Blue, Eklisia Arts Centre, Bodrum 1996
Barbara Baran, Eklisia Arts Centre, Bodrum 1996
Turkish Portraits, The Photographers’ Gallery, London 1988
One Plus One, Upper Street Gallery, London 1985
Barbara Baran: Photographs, Impressions Gallery of Photography, York 1983
Correspondences, Goldsmiths College, London 1982

Selected group exhibitions
Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul 2015-16
Ludlow Open, Ludlow, England 2013
Istanbul INN London, Victoria House, London 2013
Ludlow Open, Ludlow, England 2012
Oriel Davies Open 2012, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales 2012
Wandering Lines II: From Automatic Drawing to Abstraction, England & Co, London 2012
Fields of Vision: Landscapes Past and Present, Orleans House Gallery, London 2012
Flux, Flow, Flight: Art in Motion, Orleans House Gallery, London 2011-12
Wandering Lines: From Automatic Drawing to Abstraction
, England & Co, London 2011
Picturing Plants: Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2011
A History of Camera-less Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2010-11 (in conjunction with Shadow Catchers)
Is There Anybody Out There?
, England & Co, London 2008
Camera-less Photography: Recent Gifts to the V&A Collection, Members’ Room, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2005-08
Rose c’est la vie: On Flowers in Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv 2004
Paris Photo (represented by Eric Franck Fine Art), Paris 2003
Art Garden Fantasy, ART+ Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida 2003
Forgotten Places
, Arcola Gallery, London 2002
Act One, Arcola Gallery, London 2001
Post Impressions, British Library, London 1999
Signs of the Times, AOP Gallery, London 1995
Special Photographers’ Company Gallery, London 1995
A Positive View, Saatchi Gallery, London 1994
Urart Gallery, Ankara 1994
Icons, Idols and Heroes, AOP Gallery, London 1992
Special Photographers’ Company Gallery, London 1988
The Roving Eye, Islington Arts Factory, London 1985
New Horizons, Royal Festival Hall, London 1985
Goldsmiths College, London 1981

Public collections

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
Lindley Library, Royal Horticultural Society, London
London Metropolitan University
National Media Museum, Bradford
Tate Library (Special Collections), Tate Britain, London
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Exhibition catalogues

Artists in Their Time, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul 2015
Observatory: Barbara & Zafer Baran, A Retrospective, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul 2013 (text: Sena Cakirkaya)
Ludlow Open 2013, Ludlow, England 2013
Oriel Davies Open 2012, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales 2012
Ludlow Open 2012, Ludlow, England 2012
Barbara and Zafer Baran: The Garden of Earthly Delights, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul 2005 (essay: Anne-Marie Eze, Victoria and Albert Museum)
Rose c’est la vie: On Flowers in Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv 2004 (essay: Edna Moshenson)
Barbara and Zafer Baran: The Flower Cabinet, The Blue Gallery, London 2004 (essays: Dr Brent Elliott and Ian Jeffrey)
Barbara and Zafer Baran: Ephemera, The Blue Gallery, London 2003 (essay: Ian Jeffrey)
Roundtrip Istanbul III, Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul 2000 (essay: Beral Madra)
Barbara Baran / Zafer Baran, Eklisia Arts Centre, Bodrum 1996
A Positive View, Saatchi Gallery, London 1994
‘Zafer & Barbara Baran: Turkish Portraits’, The Photographers’ Gallery (programme), London 1988 (text: Martin Caiger-Smith)
New Horizons, Royal Festival Hall, London 1985

Selected bibliography
The V&A: A Souvenir, V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2015
'Catching the Light', Asli Seven, L’Officiel Hommes (Turkey), spring/summer 2014
'Essential Elegance', Ali Taptik, artfulliving.com, 16 Apr 2014
'Small Things Big: The Photography of Barbara and Zafer Baran', Victoria Khroundina, Cornucopia Blog, cornucopia.net, 3 Apr 2014
'Star and Moon Drawings', Naz Cuguoglu, artfulliving.com, 6 Mar 2014
'Gallery walkabout: Karakoy / Tophane', Cornucopia Blog, cornucopia.net, 21 Feb 2014
'Watchers of the Observatory of Life', interview with Murat Germen, ArtUnlimited, issue 24, Dec 2013
'Beauty Can Turn into Something Very Cheap’, interview with Gülnaz Can, Radikal, 18 Dec 2013
'Two Artists, A Single Vision', Ezgi Atabilen, Hürriyet Keyif, 15 Dec 2013
'The Pleasure of Photography in its Purest Form', interview with Orhan Cem Cetin, Istanbul Art News, 1 Nov 2013
Oriel Davies Open 2012, Liz Buckley, Interface, a-n The Artists Information Company, May 2012
‘Istanbul goes art mad!', Michael Hornsby, Arts Diary, cornucopia.net, 10 Oct 2011
‘Light Paintings in the Sky', Evrim Altug, Cumhuriyet, 3 Mar 2011
‘Turner's View and Star Drawings, an exhibition by Zafer and Barbara Baran', Michael Hornsby, Arts Diary, cornucopia.net, 6 Feb 2011
‘Art by Zafer and Barbara Baran on show in London', Michael Hornsby, Arts Diary, cornucopia.net, 14 Oct 2010
Barbara and Zafer Baran: Turner's View
(limited edition), A4 Ofset, Istanbul 2009
Picturing Plants: An Analytical History of Botanical Illustration (2nd edition), Gill Saunders, KWS Publishers / Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2009
'An Image for the Next Century', Nevsal Hughes, The Middle East in London, London Middle East Institute, SOAS, University of London, vol. 5, no. 1, Jun 2008
‘From Specimens to Sex Symbols: Flowers in Photography’, Gill Saunders, EXIT Image & Culture, no. 28, Nov/Dec 2007
Fragments from the Past, London Metropolitan University, London 2006
‘For Visual Delight…’, Ahu Antmen, Radikal, 26 Oct 2005
‘Bouquets of Light from the Cosmic Garden’, Evrim Altug, gazetem.net, 14 Sep 2005
‘Barbara & Zafer Baran, The Garden of Earthly Delights: A Provocative Invitation’, Refik Akyuz / Serdar Darendeliler, Genis Açi, Sep/Oct 2005
'Photographing the Spirit of Flowers', Zaman, 25 Sep 2005
'Turkish Artists Come in from the Cold’, Maureen Freely, timesonline.co.uk, 21 Mar 2005
Royal Mail Special Stamps 21, Fay Sweet, Royal Mail, London 2004
Interview, Milliyet, 5 Jun 2004
‘When Photography, Flowers and Philately Collide’, Katie Scott, British Journal of Photography, 26 May 2004
British Philatelic Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 8, Apr 2004
‘All the Photographs in Paris’, Paris Photo report, Yesim Wesper, Radikal, 20 Nov 2003
'Three Turkish Artists in London', Tülin Serpen, TAS Review, autumn 2003
‘Bold Types’, Richard Pinsent, pluk, no. 11, Mar/Apr 2003
‘Barbara and Zafer Baran: Ephemera’, Richard Pinsent, The Art Newspaper, no. 134, Mar 2003
‘The Deaf and Mute Harmony of Chaos and Confusion’, Evrim Altug, gazetem.net, 19 Mar 2003
'Connoisseur', Cornucopia, issue 27, 2003
artnet magazine, 17 Jan 2003
‘The Abstract Heart’, Elizabeth Meath Baker, Cornucopia, issue 25, 2002
‘Act One’, Arredamento, Jun 2001
'Zafer and Barbara Baran: The Quiet Voice of Photographs', XXI International Journal of Architectural Culture, May/Jun 2001
‘Roundtrip Istanbul 3: The Barans’ Journey’, Arredamento, Nov 2000
'Third Roundtrip Istabul Show', Cumhuriyet, 3 Oct 2000
‘Zafer Baran: Photographic Work’, XXI International Journal of Architectural Culture, May/Jun 2000
‘Barbara Baran: To Horus, One-Time God of Light’, XXI International Journal of Architectural Culture, May/Jun 2000
Polaroid International Photography magazine (cover photograph), issue 19, 2000
‘Barbara & Zafer Baran: Portraits from the Fault Zone’, Maureen Freely, A Concert for Turkey, Artists’ Relief Trust, Barbican Centre, London 2000
A Thousand Years A Thousand Words, Camberwell Press, London 1999
Royal Mail Millennium Stamps 1999, Jim Davies, Royal Mail, London 1999
‘Barbara and Zafer Baran’, Cüneyt Budak, Arredamento, Apr 1999
'New Millennium Stamps', Milliyet Sanat, 15 Feb 1999
'Designed by Zafer and Barbara Baran', Cumhuriyet, 12 Feb 1999
'British Inventors', British Philatelic Bulletin, Jan 1999
'First Class Post', Fay Sweet, Design Week, 18 Dec 1998
'The Inventors' Tale', British Philatelic Bulletin, Dec 1998
The Independent, 13 Nov 1998
‘A History of Britain in 48 Stamps’, Mark Henderson, The Times, 13 Nov 1998
'The Frame is an Interpretation', Sevil Ozkan, Radikal, 15 Apr 1997
‘Masters of Light Who Transform Everything’, Memet Baydur, Cumhuriyet, 11 Aug 1996
'Reinterpreting the Classics', Eye magazine, summer 1996
'Design in Repertory', Liz Farrelly, Blueprint, Feb 1993
‘The Equivocal Image’, Michael Evamy, Design magazine, Dec 1992
Graphis Photo 92, Graphis Press Corporation, Zurich 1992
'Zafer Baran: The Functionality of Posters', Cumhuriyet Dergi, 28 Jun 1992
'The Designer's Opera', Lewis Blackwell, Creative Review, Jun 1992
'Orfeo on the Underground', Design magazine, May 1992
'Red Book - Black Book', Laurie Evans, Image magazine, Sep 1991
'Portfolio', Photo/Design magazine, Jan/Feb 1991
Photographs by Zafer Baran, London 1990
'New Talent: Into the 1990s', Image magazine, Jul 1989
The Photographers' Gallery Calendar, 1989
'‘Turkish Portraits’, London Magazine, Oct 1986
'‘New Horizons', Nigel Pollitt, City Limits, 25-31 Jan 1985

Grants & awards

Prix Pictet nomination, 2010
London Metropolitan University / EU, 2004
D&AD Silver Award, 2000
British Council, 1997
Yunus Nadi Poster Award, 1992
London Boroughs Grants Scheme, 1988

Selected commissions

Royal Mail: bicentenary stamps, Royal Horticultural Society, 2004
XXI International Journal of Architectural Culture: covers and photo-essays, 2000-01
Royal Mail: millennium stamp (Fox Talbot and invention of photography), 1999
BBC Films: filmwork for title sequence, The Designated Mourner, dir. David Hare, 1997
Phaidon Press: cover photography,The Photo Book, 1997
English National Opera, 1992-99

Artist talks & interviews

Artist talk, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Nov 2013
Artist talk, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Nov 2010 (in conjunction with Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography)
Audio Arts (interview with Jean Wainwright), London, Jan 2010
CNBC-e, Istanbul, Sep 2005
Technology Channel (Deklansör), Istanbul, Sep 2005
BBC World Service, London, May 2005
NTV, Istanbul, Oct 2000
Artist talk, Grafist '97, Istanbul, Apr 1997