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Eye Dreaming

Eye Dreaming

Photographs by Anthony Barboza

Anthony Barboza
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This richly illustrated book is the first monograph to explore the prolific career of the celebrated photographer Anthony Barboza.
Anthony Barboza (b. 1944) is a celebrated artist and writer who has made thousands of photographs in the studio and on the street since 1963. A member of the Kamoinge collective of photographers in New York, Barboza is largely self-taught and has an inimitable, highly intuitive vision that he refers to as “eye dreaming,” or “a state of mind that’s almost like meditation.” Throughout the years he has made countless commercial images, including celebrity portraits, advertisements, and album covers. His personal photographic projects illuminate his deep investment in the art and concerns of Black communities, not only in the United States but also around the globe.
This lavishly illustrated volume follows Barboza’s prolific career from his youth in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to his formative years in New York in the 1960s, to the present day. An introduction by renowned author and critic Hilton Als underscores Barboza’s importance and impact. An essay by curator Aaron Bryant contextualizes Barboza’s life and career as they map against major civil rights events in the United States. In an intimate interview between the artist and curator Mazie M. Harris, Barboza offers astute, humorous, and intimate musings on his long career, foundational influences, and artistic legacy. This monograph, the first on the artist, will appeal to aficionados of photography and Black art and culture.


Anthony Barboza is an artist, historian, and writer. He has been making photographs in the studio and on the street since 1963.
Aaron Bryant is curator of photography and visual culture at the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution.
Mazie M. Harris is assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Her research focuses on American photography. She is the author of Paper Promises: Early American Photography (Getty, 2018).


  • Publisher: ‎J. Paul Getty Museum (October 25, 2022)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎184 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1606067834
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781606067833
  • Item Weight: ‎1.74 pounds
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