About the photographer Tina BARA (b.1962, in Kleinmachnow)
Tina BARA is a German photographer who was also active in the oppositional peace movement of the GDR. She studied history and art history at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 1980 to 1986 after graduating from high school. She was active in opposition groups, including 'Women for Peace'. In 1985 she had her first photo exhibition in the Kreis-Kulturhaus Berlin-Treptow. Since 1986 she worked as a freelance photographer as a member of the Association of Visual Artists, among others for the DEFA studio for documentaries like 'flüstern & SCHREIEN - Ein Rockreport'. In the same year, she began a correspondence course in photography at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts (HGB). In 1989 she moved to West Berlin. Since 1993 she has been a professor of artistic photography at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts.
Photo books by and with works by Tina BARA
- 'Leipzig trifft Dortmund in Berlin: Studenten der Fotografie von Arno Fischer' (1993); 'Herzdame Knochensammler' (Queen of Hearts Bone Collector, 1993); 'Gegenüber: Menschenbilder in der Gegenwartsfotografie' (2002, together with works by Anett STUTH, Albrecht FUCHS, de JONG, KIZNY, Mette TRONVOLL, Nina KORHONEN, KANDL, Antoine D'AGATA, among others); 'Fragile Portraits' (2002); 'Mit Abstand - ganz nah: Fotografie aus Leipzig' (2008, together with works by Viktoria BINSCHTOK, Christian BORCHERT, Yvon CHABROWSKI, Klaus ELLE, Ulrich GEBERT, Göran GNAUDSCHUN, Matthias HOCH, Susanne HUTH, Thomas KLÄBER, Bertram KOBER, Werner MAHLER, Ricarda ROGGAN, Jens RÖTZSCH, Adrian SAUER, Rudolf SCHÄFER, Erasmus SCHRÖTER, Andreas SCHULZE, Gundula SCHULZE ELDOWY, Grit SCHWERDTFEGER, Maria SEWCZ, Esperanza SPIERLING, Anett STUTH, Albrecht TÜBKE, Tobias ZIELONY); 'und jetzt. Künstlerinnen aus der DDR' (Women Artists from the GDR, 2009); 'Journal der HGB #4. Teaching of ...: Über die Lehre in der Fotografie' (2014, 'Teaching in Photography' together with text and image contributions by Joachim BROHM, Peter PILLER and others); 'Lange Weile' (2016); 'Von Ferne. Bilder zur DDR' (2019, together with works by Seiichi FURUYA, Tamami IINUMA, Sven JOHNE, Jens KLEIN, Jürgen KUTTNER, Christian LANGE, Emanuel MATHIAS, Katrin MAYER, Simon MENNER, Einar SCHLEEF, Christine SCHLEGEL, Joachim SCHMID, Erasmus SCHRÖTER, Maya SCHWEIZER, Gabriele STÖTZER, Paul Alexander STOLLE, Elisabeth TONNARD, Andreas TROGISCH, Joerg WAEHNER, Ulrich WÜST); 'The Freedom Within Us. East German Photography 1980-1989' (2019, together with works by Sibylle BERGEMANN, Kurt BUCHWALD, Lutz DAMMBECK, Christiane EISLER, Thomas FLORSCHÜTZ, York der KNOEFEL, Ute MAHLER, Eva MAHN, Sven MARQUARDT, Barbara METSELAAR-BERTHOLD, Helga PARIS, Manfred PAUL, Rudolf SCHÄFER, Gundula SCHULZE-ELDOWY, Gabriele STÖTZER, Ulrich WÜST); 'Covergirl: Wasp Nudes: Story(s) of an Image, a Narrative' (2019); 'Melancholie der Resistenz: Performancekunst in den realsozialistischen Ländern Europas (Melancholy of Resistance: Performance Art in the Real Socialist Countries of Europe, 2023)