Barbara Diener

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Barbara Diener

My work centers on notions of family and home, or rather my personal lack thereof, and results in enigmatic portraits of people and places. I grew up in a small town in Germany with little family around. The rural Illinois landscape reminds me of my hometown and I seek out people who grew up here and have a deep connection to the locale they call home. Shortly after my father passed away, many years ago, I realized how small my family was and I started making staged photographs that were stylized hybrids of personal experience and fantasy. These images posed questions about relationships, often relationships I never had in my own life. Most recently the loss of my father has entered back into my work and has pushed me to experiment with the photographic medium, referencing 19th century spirit photography through double exposures and long exposures as well as employing darkness to heighten mystery and allude to the unknown. I have submitted samples of all three projects as a jumping off point and inspiration for portential patrons. For a commision I will utilize my skills and vision to create an imaginative posed family scene, a solitary environmental portrait or a photograph of a place that holds personal significance to the patron.





$900 - $1,200

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773.324.5520 x1014.