A Life In A Year Part 2: Focusing on Faces

January 22, 2019 through May 17, 2019

Miller Nichols Library | Ground Floor


Robert Barrett, a Kansas City based photographer, had a lifelong passion for his art which he turned into a prolific career. Throughout his life, he developed an extensive portfolio ranging from nature photography to celebrity portraits and everything in between.

A recent donation of his photographs to our library has given us access to more than 100,000 of his images. They are the lasting representation of Barrett's life and experiences, and a rich storehouse of our shared history and culture over the past four decades.

Beginning last fall, we embarked on a year-long retrospective of Barrett's work in three parts:

Part 1: Developing Kansas City (Fall 2018)
Part 2: Focusing on Faces (Spring 2019)
Part 3: Exposing our Environment (Coming Summer 2019)


Focusing on Faces

From his own family members to world-renowned celebrities, Bob Barrett photographed thousands of people throughout his career. His frequent travels brought him face to face with people from a wide array of races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses.

Whether it was a posed or candid shot, Barrett captured a piece of his subjects’ stories in every photograph. If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, Barrett had volumes.

Posted: January 22, 2019




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