Petra Barth was born in Germany and lives currently in Washington DC. She originally studied Design in Milan and worked for many years in the fashion industry. In 2004, she became a full time freelance photographer working primarily in Latin America and Asia. She studied Photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Petra worked in Asia, South- and Central America, the United Sates and Europe. Her emphasis lies on communities, with the focus at human, social and environmental issues.
Her works has been shown at the Biennale in Venice, the Centro Colombo Americano in Medellin, the Climate Change Summit COP21 in Paris, the OAS with the Collaboration of the IACHR Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Center of Human Rights of Duke University, at WOLA Washington Office for Latin America and the Haitian Heritage Museum in Miami.
In 2008 the David M. Rubenstein Library' started acquiring her work for the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.