Vaughn’s vibrant, large-scale photographs use the natural world to explore abstraction and the visual and cognitive phenomena of perspective. Through her unique approach, Vaughn is able to create images that appear almost wholly disconnected from her original subject matter—mainly the protected harbors of the Aegean, the Adriatic, and the East Coast. Because these waters are in constant motion, the reflections caught in a small fraction of a second are not readily discernible as distorted vessels, buildings, lampposts, and other manmade entities. By so dramatically detaching an image from its context—in this case, a continuous sequence of imperfect though readable impressions etched across the waters’ surface—Vaughn prevents us from easily recreating the original subject. In so doing, she pushes us to engage our powers of imagination in unexpected ways.
Barbara Vaughn was born in Philadelphia, PA. After earning her BA from Princeton University she studied fine art photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City. A successful portrait photographer, Vaughn has photographed many luminaries in entertainment, business, and the arts. Her work has been published in numerous books, The New York Times, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Art in America, among other publications. She has previously exhibited her fine art in galleries in New York City; Sun Valley, Idaho; St. Barth’s; and Sonoma County, California. This will be her first exhibition with the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
This catalogue includes an essay by Frances Malcolm, Associate Editor at Stanford University Press and freelance arts writer.
42 pages. 22 color plates. Hardcover. 2013.