Barron Claiborne was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to New York City in 1989. He is a self-taught photographer and began taking photographs at the age of 10, after receiving a camera as a gift from his mother. Claiborne developed a unique style, working primarily in large format and experimenting with 8x10 Polaroid film, in order to lend a bronzed, overly-textured quality to his photographs. His photographic influences are often derived from his Southern and African ancestry, and he uses his work as a canvas for representing the tales and oral traditions at the roots of his heritage. Claiborne’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Interview, among others. He has photos in museums and private collections worldwide.