Remembering Barbara Ess: Untitled Photograph by Barbara Ess

BOMB 24 Summer 1988
024 Summer 1988

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Barbara Ess, Untitled, 1988, monochrome color photograph, 50 × 70 inches. Courtesy Curt Marcus.

Barbara Ess, photographer, musician, and writer, and the creator of the No Wave experimental media zine Just Another Asshole, passed away on March 4, 2021, at the age of seventy-three. Ess is known for her photographs taken with a pinhole camera. We celebrate her work in BOMB over the years. 

“When I try to get clever I fail, so I stick with the basic issues of human life on earth - sex, death, relationships, discovering who you are, being hurt and confused.” 

—Barbara Ess

Two Photographs by Barbara Ess
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024 Summer 1988