One of this year’s PDN 30—Photo District News Magazine’s annual feature in which they choose 30 photographers who they pick as, “our choice of emerging photographers to watch”—is alumnus Rachel Barrett (MFA 2008 Photography, Video and Related Media). “I love being a photographer…but there is no job security, every day is an unknown and you can’t be sure when another job will come through, when another show will happen, if you’ll make a sale,” says Barrett in the interview accompanying her PDN 30 online gallery. “It can be incredibly emotional but at some point you learn to just have faith and remember that things ebb and flow, and they will pick up again.”
In conjunction with the honor, on Monday, March 14, Barrett was part of the slate of speakers at the first in a series of PDN 30 educational seminars: Transitions: Strategies for the Young Working Photographer, which took place at the SVA Theatre. Barrett took the stage to talk about her new photographic series Bolinas, which documents a small community in Northern California that keeps its roots as an off-the-grid commune alive.
Image: Rachel Barrett, Kale Road, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.