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Barbara Kruger - Photographer

Updated on June 25, 2010
Barbara Kruger
Barbara Kruger

Bio of Contemporary Photographer

The contemporary artist Barbara Kruger is a photographer who at times used a mixture of mediums to present her works of art. Barbara Kruger was born on January 26, 1945, in New Jersey, U. S. A. She started her career as a graphic designer and later turned her interests to photography. During a brief hiatus from designing, she worked as a university lecturer. Kruger combines her expertise in graphic design and collages crafting to deliver the visual renditions of her feminist ideas.

Much of Kruger’s photographs are accompanied by text to explain the images. There is heavy reliance on digital technology in Kruger’s artwork to enhance, complement, or even distort the visual presentation of her photographs. Kruger has used numerous mediums to communicate her art including yarn, canvas, paints, beads, sequins, inks, and ribbons. However, despite this, it would be incorrect to pigeonhole Kruger’s work as mixed media as she, herself, has stated that she is not crazy about categories. Kruger artwork is exhibited in many different contexts; each piece can, therefore, best be defined by the environment in which it is displayed.

Barbara Kruger
Barbara Kruger

Kruger also used photography to document social issues or events; for example, one of her best known slogan “I shop therefore I am”is said to be mocking consumerism. She also uses her artwork as a platform to make known her political and social views on some controversial issues such as abortion i.e. “Pro-life for the unborn…Pro-death for the born.”  Kruger’s choice in size of the photograph is relative its purpose.

Kruger is an eccentric photographer, contrary to her position, her artwork can be categorized as multiple images and sequences. The classification of multiple images defines the all-encompassing concept of the art that she produces. It can be called sequences because of their consistency in excellence and unity in theme. I labeled work as sequences also because, I believe we will see a continuation of brilliance and talent from Kruger for many more years to come.   


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      4 years ago

      Barbara Kruger wasn't a photographer. She was a graphic designer turned artist, who used found imagery in her works. If anything, she was more of a collage artist.

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      8 years ago from World Wide Web


      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on me hubs. Your comments are inspiring.

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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      When we think "art", we normally think "paintbrush, chisel, canvass" etc.

      Using photography as an art medium is used by this artist, to accomplish much with very little. To be able to do this, require a talented mind.

      Thank you for sharing her with us.


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