Apr 23, 2020 /

Paul Barbera Shoot Anna Karlin’s Studio for Where They Create

Anna Karlin is an English furniture, lighting, jewelry and object designer based in New York. Her studio practice also encompasses set design, digital design, and layout, making her a multi-disciplinary creative. Her pieces have high brow minimalist touch, and each discipline informs the other. Paul first met Anna through a shoot for Whistles, and decided to revisit her at her new studio in the Lower East Side. She has created a very homey and convivial working space for her team. At the time, she was pregnant with her first child and she was a glowing mother-to-be. 
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Jan 02, 2020 /

Paul Barbera Collaborates with Jae Criddle For “Where They Create”

Over in Fremantle, Western Australia, Paul Barbera paid a visit to artist and illustrator Jae Criddle as part of his ongoing project Where They Create. After years specialising in designing handcrafted signage, creating custom illustration and painting mural artwork, her interest has evolved to include mediums such as sculpture and embroidery.

In his distinctive reportage style, Paul beautifully captures the space that Jae has created to balance her home and work life.

Nov 26, 2019 /

Chapter One Exhibition Champions Young Women In Photography

Nurturing the careers of young women in photography, Sam I Am’s mentorship program, Chapter One, is excited to present the work of its eight protégé photographers at a special exhibition held at Pix On Location in Alexandria at 6pm on Thursday, December 12th2019.

Featuring the visual stories of Chapter One mentorship participants, the photography on show is the culmination of three month’s worth of work that saw each successful applicant paired with a Sam I Am photographer. Helping them to cultivate their story, the program included guiding the photographers through concept development and refinement, pre-production, shooting their vision, then working with their mentor to edit each story or series.

Exhibiting photographers are Alice Ballhausen, Amy Kennett, Claire Armstrong, Hyun Lee, Karen Trang, Lilli Waters, Lucy Deverall and Susie George. The mentors they worked alongside include pro photographers Billy Plummer, Craig Wall, David Cohen de Lara, James Marcus Haney, Paul Barbera, Tobias Rowles and Benito Martin. Creative industry mentors were Josephine Burns, Matt Ennis, Lucy McGinley, Scott McClelland, Matt Smith, Alex Toohey, Simon Dall, Jon Kelly and Paul Bruce.

A special thanks goes out to Chapter One exhibition sponsors: Pix On Location, Special, Alex Reznick, Glue Society, Cream Electric Art, Killanoodle, Four Pillars, Yulli’s Brews, Batlow Cider Co, Catfish Media, Sydney Brewery,The Bogey Hole Café and P4. Design.

Event Details:
What: Chapter One Exhibition
Where: Pix on Location, 6B Hiles St, Alexandria
When: 6pm on 12th December 2019
Please RVSP to: chapterone@samiam.com.au

Sep 25, 2019 /

Paul Barbera Collaborates with Craig Waddell For “Where They Create”

“I feel I make my best work when I’m committed to the process and intrigued by surprises without any concern for the end product.” – Craig Waddell

Paul Barbera had a very insightful and inspiring 3 hour visit to Sydney Painter, Craig Waddell’s studio as part of his ongoing project Where They Create. Waddell is a painter who creates large textural works that explore both the sublime and the imperfect, envigorating all of the senses.

Barbera captures Craig’s artistic space perfectly, showcasing the seamless nature of Craig’s intertwining worlds, “I like to live amongst my work and even more so now as it is changing a lot.”

Aug 02, 2019 /

Paul Barbera Collaborates with Olaf Breuning For “Where They Create”

Paul Barbera photographed Swiss-born artist, Olaf Breuning, as part of his ongoing project Where They Create. Breuning has had a number of solo exhibitions at galleries around the globe and been the focus for works such as “The Madness We Call Reality” at the NRW-Forum.

When asked what his dream project is, Breuning responded “anything that makes me feel good about myself and the time I live in”. Barbera photographed Breuning’s workspace, a newly converted double garage, and the plethora of half finished projects.  

Jul 04, 2019 /

Paul Barbera for Elle Decor Italia

Paul Barbera captures the eclectic atmosphere of Nashville for Elle Decor Italia, showcasing the world capital of country music. Today it is a mecca for artists and creatives attracted by the relaxed spirit of a southern city where, jumping from one pub to another, you can breathe the atmosphere of bluegrass, honky-tonk and rockabilly. Paul photographs contemporary artists, architects, former hockey players and owners of the urban cowboy bed & breakfast within historical Nashville landmarks. It is an excellent example of a perfect mismatch of individuals in complete creative harmony.


Jun 26, 2019 /

Paul Barbera Returns to Australia

Paul Barbera has returned to Australia for the nexts few weeks on commission, and is available for booking. 

Paul specialises in people docu-lifestyle, portrait, real natural light, luxury, reportage, interiors, lifestyle, and hotels. With an adaptable yet distinct visual approach, his assignments regularly take him around the globe, working with notable publications like Elle Decor, Vogue Living, Surface Magazine, Frame, and Mr. Porter.  

Check his work out and get in touch with us to book Paul whilst he’s with us in Australia.