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Neal Barr Timeline


1932 - Born in Ventura, California

Besides his interest in photography, young Neal enjoyed hand-raising various wild birds which included owl, raven and the magpie shown here in the picture.

1949-1953 - Student of inspiring photography teacher at Ventura Junior College, Ventura, CA - Denning McArthur


1954-55 - U.S. Army Public Information Office - photographer. Achaffenberg, Germany.



1956-58 - Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California.

1958-1960 - New York City. Assistant to photographers Ray Kellman and Wilhela Cushman, specializing in fashion and beauty photography.

1960 - Went to the Palace of Versailles and Rome as an assistant to the photographer, Wilhela Cushman, who was also editor of the Ladies Home Journal.

1960-1962 - Assistant to Irving Penn, world renown fine art and advertising photographer, 80 W. 40th St., New York City.



1962 - Opened Neal Barr Studio, Ltd., 29 West 57th Street, New York City, specializing in fashion and beauty assignments. Neal's mother, Evelyn, came for a visit from Ventura, CA.



1963-New in the business, Neal photographed newspaper fashion and pattern magazines. Here he is shown doing self-test lighting.

1963-1965 - Sports Illustrated cover assignments. Sandy Koufax, Bill Veeck, Clay Hartack, Women's Texas Olympic Track Team, Art Heyman, Jerry Lucas, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Cassius Clay, Terry Baker-Sportsman of the Year, Bill Shoemaker, Bill Russell.



1965-Commercial shoot for RAINWEAR, on location in New York's Central Park.



1965-New York. Neal's first major ad campaign for Formfit Rogers, foundation garments.

1966-1974 - Contributing photographer to Harper's Bazaar.

1967 - Nancy White, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar, in collaboration with art directors Bea Feitler and Ruth Ansel, selected Neal Barr to photograph the spring French Courture collections. For Barr, this was to be the first of four such assignments in the following three years.

1967-1970 - Studio moved to West 56th Street, 3rd and 4th floors (now gone)

1967 - Photographed cover for Red Book magazine.


Naomi Sims Cover  

1968 - Photographed Naomi Sims for the November cover of the Ladies' Home Journal. First time a black model was used on the cover of a major women's magazine. One of the most famous covers of the 1960s.

1968-2004 - Represented by Staley-Wise Gallery.


1970-2000 - New and final studio location in New York at 222 Central Park South, New York City. Here is Neal in the mid-70's with his crew holding model sheets.
James Flanigan, Neal Barr, Pat Koler and Lucien Feldon.

1971 - Photographed Sophia Loren for the cover of Ladies Home Journal.



1974-Shooting on Virgin Gorda for book project.

1978 - Started working on the 1920's fashion book.

1968-1988 - Photographed Vanity Fair Lingerie advertisements.

1981- Photographed the Good Housekeeping cover with Sophia Loren in apron at stove. Also Gena Lolabrigita with her camera (inside page)


1983-Studio photo preparing for a publicity shoot. Neal Barr, Peter McDaniels-studio manager, Way Bandy-makeup artist, Deborah Raffin-actress and Martin Downey-hair dresser.

1983 - Article interview for American Heritage magazine, Aug/Sept issue. "Our Town"


1990-In his New York studio with the set-up for the photo for the cover of his book on 1920's fashion.

1992 - Marks Neal's 30 year career in fashion and beauty photography consisting of major national advertising and editorial assignments. Printed first Mini Gallery series of photographs.

1995 - Exhibited work in the costume exhibit at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Images: Cathee Dahman in Costillo dress. Marlene Dietrich - Curtain Call.

1997 - Contributed photos for the exhibit "Dressed-up Photography" exhibition curated by fashion designer, Charles Kleibacker at the Columbus Museum of Art.


Dianne Newman

1998 - The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science in New York selected photography of Neal Barr to be part of the exhibit, Elegance, Glamor and Style: Fashion and its Photography. Featured on the opening night invitation was Neal's photo of Diane Newman in Sarmi evening dress.

2000 - Retired and moved studio to Ventura, California.

2007 - Contributed photograph for the back cover and inside, for the book, "Balenciaga".

2007 - Loaned two unpublished images from a Harper's Bazaar photo session of Balenciaga's last collection (March 1968) for the exhibit; "Balenciaga and His Legacy: Haute Couture from the Texas Fashion Collection" at the Meadows Museum of Art, Texas.

2007 - Display of photographs at the Museum of Ventura: Neal Barr: An Eye for Fashion.

2009 - Contributed photos for "High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Courture" at the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, Oct. 17-Dec 13.


2010 - Neal continues to work on his 1920's fashion book at his studio in Ventura, Calif.

Commercial Clients over the past 30 years: Revlon, Cover Girl, Max Factor, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Prescriptives, Neutrogena, Erno Laslo, Clairol, Coty, Vanity Fair (lingerie), Lily of France, Maidenform, American Wool, Dupont, Celanese, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord and Taylor, Christian Dior, Cardin, Halston, Bob Mackie, Mary McFadden and Faberge.


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