A black-and-white photograph of black tar smudges in a grid formation on a white background.
Tar Findings

A photographic pioneer dedicated to experimentation, Barbara Crane worked in a range of media and formats, including Polaroid, gelatin silver, and platinum prints, as well as digital imagery and portraiture. Crane is known for producing work that challenges the straight photograph by incorporating sequencing, layered negatives, and repeated frames. Historian Naomi Rosenblum notes that Crane “pioneered the use of repetition to convey the mechanical character of much of contemporary life, even in its recreational aspects.” Crane’s work is represented in the collections of the International Center for Photography, New York City; George Eastman House, Rochester; The Art Institute of Chicago; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; and many others.