Barbara G. Mensch received her BFA from Hunter College in drawing and painting in 1978. By the early 80's while illustrating for several magazines, she became fascinated with photography. During this period she became a photo apprentice at Knoedler Gallery in New York where she assisted in photographing and printing artworks by Claude Monet and Alexander Calder.

Ms. Mensch has exhibited in a variety of places including PS1 in Long Island City, NY, The Friends of Photography in Carmel (now S.F.), California, The Museum Of The City Of New York, Art Frankfurt, Photokina, Cologne, Centro Culturale Arte Contemporero, Mexico City, AIPAD, and Dokumenta X in Kassel.

She has contributed to publications such as Photography The Problematic Model, NFS Press (San Francisco 1981), The Landmarks Of New York, (Harry Abrams, 1987), Light and Time (Luz y Tiempo) (CAC, Mexico City 1995) Little Devils, (Picture This Publications, Los Angeles, 1997), and A History Of New York City In Images, (Columbia University Press to be published December 1999). Her own book, The Last Waterfront, was published in 1985 by Scribners, NY.

She received grants in 1985 from the New York State Council On The Arts, and The J.M.Kaplan Fund, for her photo documentation of New York's rapidly disappearing waterfront.

Individual prints from the Startling Development series may be purchased as Silver Gelatin prints done by the artist or as Digital Iris prints. The entire portfolio, with text, will be published in a boxed limited edition, with Iris print reproductions, by JHW Editions (NY). For further information about the prints or the portfolio, please contact PhotoArts