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Barbara Mensch is a Brooklyn native who received a BFA degree from Hunter College in New York City. After obtaining a scholarship to spend her first college year studying drawing at the Academia Di Belle Arte in Florence, Italy, she began her professional career as an illustrator for Ms. Magazine. In the early 1980's, Barbara became fascinated with photography. Initially she worked as a photo assistant at the Knoedler Gallery in New York, developing her printing skills while creating black and white images from large format negatives. Barbara Mensch has exhibited in the United States and Europe, at venues including The Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art; The Municipal Art Society of New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Lowe Gallery; The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris; Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City; and Photokina in Cologne, Germany. Her work has been published in Natural History, Inc., Metropolis, and The New York Times, among many other periodicals, and she has contributed to numerous books, including Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images, Waterfront: A Journey around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate, Landmarks of New York, edited by Barbara Lee Diamondstein and many others. Ms. Mensch's book, South Street (Columbia University Press 2007) is now out in paperback. Her moody and deeply psychological portraits of New York have appeared on the covers of books, in film sets, in magazine articles, and best selling novels including The Shadow of The Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, Norman Mailer's Barbary Shore, and the 2005 Playbill cover for Arthur Miller's, A View From the Bridge. Some collections including her work are The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Bawag Foundation Vienna, Austria; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Sir Elton John Collection, Davis Wright Tremaine LTD, and The Museum of the City of New York.