Jeannette Montgomery Barron
“I never did plan on being a portraitist, it just sort of happened. It became kind of an addiction."
—On photographing some of the world’s most famous artists.
In addition to being featured, Montgomery Barron’s portrait of Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow graced our cover on Issue 2. Her opening on September 8th, at James Barron Gallery, will feature her 'Mirror' series.
Interview & Portrait of JMB by Kate Orne
ON HER PLACE:
A bit remote but peaceful.
ON HER PORTRAIT OF ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR KATHERINE BIGELOW:
I was introduced to Kathryn by my brother, Monty. He and Kathryn were gearing up to jointly direct The Loveless. We all hung out together in NYC in 1980 and 1981, took road trips and watched old movies together. I think Kathryn and I had talked about some great photos we had seen of Jean Seberg and Brigitte Bardot and those were the inspiration for this photo.
ON PHOTOGRAPHING SOME OF THE WORLD's MOST FAMOUS ARTISTS:
I never did plan on being a portraitist, it just sort of happened. It became a kind of addiction.
ARTIST MOST INTIMIDATED BY:
I wouldn't really say I was intimidated by William Burroughs but just slightly frightened when I walked in his front door and saw a table lined with shotguns. Why didn't I know he was making "shotgun paintings"? I was in and out of the door within about 15 minutes but I got a good picture.
ON SITTING FOR FRANCESCO CLEMENTE AND ALEX KATZ:
That was always fun. I also sat for David Seidner back in the day. More recently Gregory Crewdson asked my husband and me to be in one of his photos in his "Sanctuary" series, shot in Rome. I am standing in the Cinecitta entrance booth and James is in a car outside. It was great fun and an honor to be directed by Gregory.
THE BEST AND THE WORST PART OF THE ART SCENE IN THE '80s: