Barry Salzman, born in Zimbabwe, is a New York artist, working in video and photography. He began photographing thirty-five years ago in South Africa’s shantytowns to try to make sense of the racial inequities that surrounded him. After a career in the Internet industry, he transitioned to working as a full-time artist. Today his work continues to build on the need to understand the world around him, much of it focused on community, heritage and identity.
He is a recipient of a Golden Light Award from the Maine Photographic Workshops competition, judged by Jeff Rosenheim, photography curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Susan White, Director of Photography at Vanity Fair magazine.
Salzman’s recent project, It Never Rained on Rhodes, explores themes of loss, particularly loss of heritage as we become an increasingly homogenized and ahistorical society. Through the lens of the last surviving Jews of Rhodes, including some who survived Auschwitz, and their descendants, Salzman considers fragmentation of life and community, and the interrelationships between place, heritage and identity. He has shot for Vanity Fair magazine and photographed The Flavor Bible, published by Hachette Book Group / Little, Brown. His commercial work has been published in premium magazines worldwide including Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Travel + Entertaining and Australian Geographic.
Salzman has an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors of Business Science degree from The University of Cape Town.