Jeannette Montgomery Barron was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She first became known for her portraits of the New York art world in the 1980s, which were later published in a monograph titled Jeannette Montgomery Barron (Edition Bischofberger, Zurich, 1989). Next, in 1988 a collection of her still life photographs titled Photographs and Poems—a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham—was published (Scalo, Germany, 1998). Her following body of work, Mirrors, was also published as a monograph (Holzwarth Editions, Germany, 2004), and includes a text by the celebrated author Edmund White. In 2006 Holzwarth Editions also published her book Session with Keith Haring—twenty photographs taken by Montgomery Barron in Haring’s studio one afternoon in 1985. In My Mother’s Clothes, Montgomery Barron created a poignant and enduring portrait of her late mother through still life images of her cherished clothing, shoes, and personal possessions. As her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s progressed, robbing her of any remembered past, Montgomery Barron began this unique visual album as a way of both sparking her mother’s memories, and coping with her own sense of loss. In April 2013, powerHouse Books published Scene, a collection of Montgomery Barron’s iconic downtown portraits.
Montgomery Barron’s works are in numerous public and corporate collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Kunsthaus, Zurich; and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Montgomery Barron lives in Rome and Connecticut with her husband and two children.