WHO IS DEBORAH BARAK, DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER?
South African born, I grew up barefoot and climbing trees in a commune, the daughter of hippie parents: an Egyptian born mother and my father a Detroit American of Russian and Polish descent.
Having grown up in a country undergoing great political upheaval, I am drawn to exploring the huge diversity of human experience, and to trying to find common connections. This has always been behind my attraction to documentary forms. I studied documentary film at the University of Cape Town, and got my first work in South Africa's burgeoning film industry.
At 22 I followed a family tradition of moving one's life to a different continent, and left to explore my rather shallow American roots. I ended up in New York, where I have based myself since, inspired by the energy and diversity of human experience.
I've spent many years working as a nonfiction TV producer for various production companies, but mostly for the most excellent Silent Crow Arts.
This drive to document the connections and in-between moments reaches across the spectrum, from the shoot from the hip styles of street photography to the intimacy of photographing families.
I live in Brooklyn and will follow the call to shoot anywhere in the world.
CURRENT PERSONAL PROJECTS
Love on the subways of New York
Every body welcome
An exploration of solitude
Energy on the streets of NYC and around the world
Moments of prayer in South East Asia
STREETS OF YANGON
The bustling, colorful capital of Myanmar