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Barbara Bachmann Crane

American, (1928–2019)
Barbara Crane was a pioneering art photographer and influential educator who explored photography as a vehicle for creative expression for over sixty years. A forerunner in experimental and abstract photography, Crane explored numerous photographic processes throughout her extensive career. The result was an ongoing evolving body of conceptually consistent work, varied in approach and experimental in style. An early investigator of repetition and deconstruction of visual information, she experimented extensively with sequences, grids, scrolls, and large modular murals. Crane worked in many formats and materials ranging from intimate in size to large scale, utilizing such diverse photographic approaches as platinum-palladium, Polaroid processes, image transfers, gelatin silver and digital.

Born in Chicago in 1928, Crane studied at Mills College in California, completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History at New York University, and in 1966 received her Master of Science Degree from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She began teaching photography in 1964 and in 1967 joined the faculty at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, retiring from teaching in 1995 as Professor Emerita of Photography.

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