Edward Barber is a British documentary and portrait photographer whose work interrogates the relationship between people and their environments. He is also a designer, curator and teacher.
He has exhibited widely, including the Design Museum, Flowers East, ICA London, Museum of London, National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin, Tate Britain, V&A.
In 1976 he graduated from the pioneering BA Photographic Arts course at Polytechnic of Central London. Four intense years followed at Camerawork, the East London photographic collective, editing the magazine and establishing a nationwide touring exhibition programme.
A 1979 collaboration with artist Peter Kennard triggered Edward’s five year documentary on the Peace Movement, inspired by the anti-nuclear activists in his North London neighbourhood. This culminated in the book Peace Moves: Nuclear Protest in the 1980s (Chatto & Windus 1984) and the touring exhibition Bomb Disposal: Peace Camps and Direct Action.
During the next decade Edward produced more documentaries on subjects close to his home and his heart: Islington's People (London Borough of Islington 1987), A Stitch in Time: Clothing in West London (Gunnersbury Park Museum 1987), All Dressed Up: British Fashion in the 1980s (British Council 1989) and Home Truths: Living Conditions in Britain (Photographers' Gallery Trust 1991).
Later in the 1990's, whilst living in the Barbican, Edward began the first major documentary on London's Square Mile since the Big Bang of 1986. In the City was the result – published as a limited edition book (Concrete Editions 2000) followed by a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2001.
In 2003, 15-18: Teenagers in Their Rooms, was exhibited at Fashion Space, London College of Fashion. Edward and his wife Danielle Inga launched their Visual Athletics Club project in 2007 with an exhibition at The Horse Hospital, London.
Edward was also a Subject Director at University of the Arts London where he taught from 2003-2012.
Most recently Edward and Danielle Inga published Resolve: An intimate survey of work (Concrete Editions 2013).
In May 2016 Imperial War Museum London will be staging his Peace Signs exhibition as part of the IWM Contemporary programme.