Uta Barth was born in 1958 in Berlin. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Having worked for well over two decades, Barth has come to occupy a truly singular position in contemporary photography. Having made visual perception, itself the subject of her work her images may appear empty as they, with blurred backgrounds and cropped frames capture incidental and fleeting moments. By deconstructing the conventions of visual representation, she draws attention to the periphery and to the limits of human vision.
In 2012 Barth was named a MacArthur fellow.
Barth’s work has been exhibited widely and is well represented in public and private collections, including the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MoMA, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.