Barbara Boissevain is a photographer and visual artist who explores and documents various environmental and social justice issues. In her current photographic series They 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 B.F.A. 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.