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Kent Barker

(b. USA)
The son of an ad man, Kent grew up immersed in advertising and imagery. Interested in photographing “people”, he was drawn initially to fashion and thought he’d hit the jackpot landing the Neiman Marcus account early in his career.

His first job creating portraits for a magazine changed everything however. “There was an essential quality to portraiture that attracted me,” says Kent. “Fashion is largely about fantasy and I was never entirely comfortable with that. Portraiture on the other hand is about taking a real person and finding the most interesting or powerful way to depict them. It’s a challenge that resonated with me immediately and it has been the primary focus of my energies ever since.”

Over the past 25 years, Kent has photographed for a wide array of magazines and ad agencies. His editorial clients list includes magazines such as Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Jounal, Fast Company, Success, Outside, Town & Country, Texas Monthly and Dallas Modern Luxury. In advertising, he has created national campaigns for Four Seasons Hotels, Northwestern Mutual, TransAmerica, Corona, Nike and Budweiser just to name a few.

At present, Kent’s primary focus is in the realm of corporate portraiture and head shots. He is also extremely adept at photographing groups, both in the studio and on location.

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