#61 Meet Nigel Barker, Fashion Photographer & Media Personality

“What’s the difference between an amateur and a professional?

I don’t get paid to fail.”

—Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker (2017)

Nigel Barker (2017)

Nigel Barker is an internationally renowned photographer who opened his New York studio in 1996. He served 17 seasons as photographer and judge on the hit TV show, America’s Next Top Model, which airs in over 140 countries, and hosted Oxygen Network’s modeling competition series, The Face, starring alongside Naomi Campbell.  Barker’s latest hit show Top Photographer premiered to rave reviews and a second season is in the works. 

Barker’s presence in the fashion and entertainment industry has resulted in an array of exciting projects including the creation of his own furniture line the NB1 & NB2 Collections available exclusively at Art Van Furniture.  He is also a Founder and partner in the new NYC gym, The DOGPOUND

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Barker has directed and produced films, documentaries and commercials for Hollywood clients to international charitable organizations and was awarded the “Film Heals” Award for Humanitarianism at the 6th Annual Manhattan Film Festival for Dreams Are Not Forgotten. Using the power of photography and motion pictures he has been able to spread his humanitarian message to vast audiences through films, PSA’s and traveling exhibitions.  He has worked with several charitable organizations including The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society International, Make A Wish Foundation, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (of which he is a board member), The Edeyo Foundation (board member) and the USO where he serves as a digital advisory committee member. 

Drawing upon his 20+ years of experience in the fashion and beauty industries, he has two books—The Beauty Equation, published by Abrams, and his latest book, New York Times Best Seller Models of Influence published by Harper Collins. Nigel currently lives in New York with his wife and renown Yogi, Cristen AKA @ChinTwins and their two children Jack and Jasmine.

http://www.nigelbarker.tv/

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“If you truly think your photograph has what it takes…. print it.”

—Nigel Barker


Richard Avedon, “Dovima with Elephants” (1955) (Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955)”

Richard Avedon, “Dovima with Elephants” (1955) (Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955)”

Man Ray, “Ingres's Violin” (1924)

Man Ray, “Ingres's Violin” (1924)

Richard Avedon, “Duke and Duchess of Windsor” (1957)

Richard Avedon, “Duke and Duchess of Windsor” (1957)

 
Niger Barker (2008) from the Montauk moon-lit mannequin sessions.   https://www.thecut.com/2008/08/nigel_barkers_latest_photo_pro.html

Niger Barker (2008) from the Montauk moon-lit mannequin sessions.

https://www.thecut.com/2008/08/nigel_barkers_latest_photo_pro.html


ON THE WALL OF NIGEL BARKER

Bob Gruen, “Led Zeppelin/Jet” (1973) John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin arriving at the Teterboro, N.J., airport en route to a 1973 gig in Pittsburgh.

Bob Gruen, “Led Zeppelin/Jet” (1973) John Paul Jones, John Bonham, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin arriving at the Teterboro, N.J., airport en route to a 1973 gig in Pittsburgh.


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