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Ed Barnas
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge

Media:Photography;
Genre:Documentary;


ARTIST STATEMENT: Brooklyn native Ed Barnas has been photographing since the 1960’s. His series of burlesque images - Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion - began in 2003 and grew out of documenting public costume/masking events such as the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, adult Halloween parades, and SantaCon. While these events offer people a chance to break away from their everyday roles, they are limited to only brief periods of time. While many performers have the opportunity to step out of their skins on a regular basis, most do so in the service of a character created by another. The burlesque performer, however, is more often the creator of the character she (or he) presents. This makes these performances much more personal and evocative events (and often ephemeral). Ed aspires to capture the essence of the performance (i.e., seeking the incisive moment rather than the decisive one). He prefers to use available light wherever possible, to preserve the look and feel of the performance and the space. Ed has photographed in many NYC burlesque venues as well as many major festivals [the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, Tease-o-Rama, the New York Burlesque Festival, the Boston Burlesque Expo, and the Toronto Burlesque Festival]. He has also taught classes in performance photography in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto. In addition to his burlesque series, Ed is also exploring the interaction of trees with the urban environment (City Trees, Urban Roots) and street art (Faces on the City).
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  • Little Brooklyn, Sept. 2004
    September 2004
    archival ink-jet print
    Little Brooklyn at Burlesque at the Beach, Coney Island - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • The World Famous *BOB* & Peekaboo Pointe
    August 2005
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    The World Famous *BOB* & Peekaboo Pointe at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Bambi the Mermaid & Bunny Love
    May 2005
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    Bambi the Mermaid & Bunny Love "alligator wrestling" at Burlesque at the Beach, Coney Island - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Dottie Lux, August 2006
    August 2006
    archival ink-jet print
    Dottie Lux at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Bonnie Dunn with Broadway Bob, January 2007
    January 2007
    archival ink-jet print
    Bonnie Dunn with Broadway Bob at Southpaw, Park Slope - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Tigger!, June 2007
    June 2007
    archival ink-jet print
    Tigger! performing at the Mermaid Ball, Coney Island - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Stormy Leather, January 2008
    January 2008
    archival ink-jet print
    Stormy leather at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Melody Sweets with Stormy leather
    July 2009
    archival ink-jet print
    Melody Sweets with Stormy Leather at the Slipper Room - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Perle Noir, December 2009
    December 2009
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    Perler Noir at the Slipper Room - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Gal Friday, January 2010
    January 2010
    archival ink-jet print
    Gal Friday at BadAss! Burlesque at Arlene's Grocery Store - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Ferro, November 2009
    November 2009
    archival ink-jet print
    Ferro at BadAss! Burlesque at Arlene's Grocery Store - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Roxi DLite
    July 2008
    archival ink-jet print
    Roxi DLite at the first Toronto Burlesque Festival - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Monkey, September 2008
    September 2008
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    Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Monkey, at Pinchbottom Burlesque's Pretencion, Spiegeltent - from the series Portraits in Performance, Performance in Motion

  • Hungry tree, New Orleans, April 2009
    April 2009
    archival ink-jet print
    A tree outgrowing its support, French Quarter, New Orleans - from the series City Trees, Urban Roots

  • Roots, Hong Kong, March 2009
    March 2009
    archival ink-jet print
    Tree roots by Stanley Market in Hong Kong

  • Enveloped fence, London, September 2009
    September 2009
    archival ink-jet print
    A tree enveloping the fence, across from the British Museum

  • Krakow, May 2004
    May 2004
    archival ink-jet print
    Graffitti on restaurant wall off Main Square in Krakow, Poland - from the series Faces on the City

  • Metal gate, Tribeca, November 2007
    November 2007
    archival ink-jet print from scanned negative
    Face on metal gate, Tribeca - from the series Faces on the City

  • Face and scooter, SoHo, October 2006
    October 2006
    archival ink-jet print from scanned negative
    Street scene in SoHo - part of the series Faces on the City

  • Drainpipe, New Orleans, October 2009
    October 2009
    archival ink-jet print
    Drainpipe on Chartres St, French Quarter, New Orleans
 








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