About Barry van Leeuwen:

Barry van Leeuwen is an photographer, born and raised in Rotterdam and specialized in historical photographic processes. His love for classic photography found its origin during his studies at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy in Rotterdam. He finds the esthetics of these processes very fascinating – and also the raw, handicraft type of working very appealing.

For me, it’s about finding a way of working that suits the feeling I have about a certain image best. I don’t shun to use (development) processes that I am not familiar with.

Only after a long period of self-training, he develops the end product. The extra time gives space to extensively review the work. Besides his photographic work Barry gives workshops in the processes he has mastered along the way. He taught the wet plate collodion process for instance during his artist in residence in Bogota, Columbia.

His last work is the series “Paper Negatives” made in Rotterdam and the series “Decay” made in South America.


17-10-13 - 16-11-13 Gallery Emmy Miltenburg Schiedam Participation with the Schiedam photo festival
14-10-11 - 16-10-11 Gallery Fotogram Amsterdam Graduation work
13-07-11 - 26-08-11 Blaak10 gallery Rotterdam Graduation work
22-06-11 - 03-07-11 Fenix loodsen Rotterdam Graduation work
18-06-11 - 19-06-11 Midzomerschans Texel 7 portretten van Texelaars
19-02-10 - 14-03-10 Blaak10 gallery Rotterdam Groepsexpositie fotografie genres dif3
07-03-09 - 21-03-09 Blaak10 gallery Rotterdam Museumnacht expositie Re:hab
14-11-08 - 21-11-08 WDKA Rotterdam Groepsexpositie dif3 mode opdracht
11-09-08 - 25-09-08 Wijkgebouw Tamboer Rotterdam 12 architectuur foto’s
26-03-08 - 09-04-08 Wijkgebouw Nivon Rotterdam 12 architectuur foto’s

Awards en nominations:

Nominated for the Photo Academy awards 2011
Nominated for the drempelprijs 2011; one of the best 5 in the jury rapport
Participated at the Euopean competition for the Sony world photography awards in Cannes 2008
Winner of the Dutch selection of the Sony world photography awards 2008


Monkey in the Alley Centrum beeldende kunst Schiedam

Photo Series:

Paper negatives
The Orchestra of My dreams
The past, present and the future


Selected work