Barry Iverson

- Selected Works
- Biography

Barry Iverson was a photographer for Time Magazine for 25 years covering the Middle East from 1981-2007, photographing all of the major events of the region for a quarter century, including such paradigm changing events such as the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the takedown of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the aftermath of September 11, coup d’etats, archaeology and famine.

Iverson is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1985, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to research the history of photography in Egypt, and concurrently taught photography at the American University in Cairo during the 1985-86 academic year. Iverson has produced several fine art portfolios, including Egyptian Desert Views I & II, Cairo I & II, Antiquity, Egyptian Portraits, Comparative Views of Egypt, Aged, The Cinders of Gawhara Palace, Sand & Stone, Comparative Views of Harvard. His fine art work is represented by galleries in New York and Cairo, with his work being held in many public and private collections. Iverson has published Comparative Views of Egypt (1994), and Egypt 1900: The View Through Postcards (1993), and written the biographies of photographers Van Leo (of whom Iverson was largely responsible for the transfer of his entire archive to AUC), Riad Chehata, and the Leavitt Hunt/Nathan Baker photographic partnership, the latter duo being the first Americans to photograph Egypt in 1852.

Iverson holds a large archive of 19th & 20th century photographs, a subject upon which he writes frequently. It was the early works and study of photographers like Frith, Greene, Du Camp, Hunt/Baker as well as Walker Evans, which deeply affected Iverson’s own personal vision and style.

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    Aymone Poletti e Barry Iverson, De Primi Fine Art, Lugano

  • 2014

    The Tour, Sultan Gallery, Kuwait
    The House of Rare Historic Photographs, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

  • 2007

    The Arabian Desert, Gallery One, Dubai

  • 2003

    The photography of Barry Iverson, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

  • 2001

    Antiquity, Camera Obscura, Denver, USA

    American Cultural Center, Alessandria, Egypt

    Nubian Museum, Aswan, Egypt

  • 2000

    Sand, Soul and City, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

  • 1999

    Talli's Fine Art Gallery, New York, USA

  • 1996

    Cairo-Berlin Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

  • 1994

    American University, Cairo, Egypt

  • 1985

    Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

  • 1979

    Phototek of Tessaloniki, Greece
    Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, USA
    Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, USA


  • 2016

    Aymone Poletti and Barry Iverson, De Primi Fine Art, Lugano.

  • 2014

    LA Noble Gallery, London
    Les Tapies, Tower Gallery, Tauzuc

  • 2012

    The photographic gallery, Cairo
    Studio Viennoise, Cairo

  • 2005

    Nazar, FotoFest, Houston

  • 2004

    Nazar, Noorderlicht Photofestival, the Netherlands

  • 1999

    American Institute of Architects, Washington DC, USA

  • 1997

    National Museum of American History, Washington DC, USA

  • 1979

    Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, USA

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