Barbara Boissevain is a photographer and visual artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who uses her art to explore and document various environmental and social justice issues. In her current photographic series The Trees Will Outlive Us, she explores abandoned human structures in the process of decay and transformation, finding an inherent tension between the desolate beauty and the future evolution of relinquished sites. Her ongoing project, titled Big Dirty Secrets, highlights issues of environmental toxicity relevant to the inhabitants of the Silicon Valley. The intention of her work is to cultivate awareness and provoke meaningful discourse about environmental stewardship.
Boissevain received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and her M.F.A. from San Jose State University. In 2009 she received the “Best of ASMP Award” from the American Society of Media Photographers for her documentary work highlighting humanitarian issues in Peru. Her work has been exhibited in many venues across the United States and Europe including: Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA; the Euphrat Museum, Cupertino, CA; the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA; the Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY; the New Museum Los Gatos, CA and the Mentenkov Museum in Russia. Boissevain is currently an artist in residence at the Cubberley Studio Art Program in Palo Alto and teaches in the department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University.