Hunter Barnes
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Hunter Barnes (b.1977) is one of the foremost documentary photographers working in America today. His photographs document aspects of culture and communities ignored by the mainstream and often misrepresented in the modern American narrative.

Hunter trained in photochemistry and traditional photographic techniques. At a young age, he began a nomadic life on the road. “For years I’ve travelled with my cameras capturing moments of time with the people the road has led me to. … A glimpse into parallel worlds travelling in circular motions.”

In his early twenties, Hunter self-published his first book, Redneck Roundup, documenting the dying communities of the Old West. Other projects followed: four years spent with the Nez Perce tribe; months with a serpent handling congregation in the Appalachian mountains; bikers, lowriders, and street gangs; inmates in California State Prison. Intense, true pockets and sub-cultures of America.

The process is an integral part of Hunter’s work. He shoots exclusively on film – the pace of analogue in harmony with his approach. “Certain cameras and film have souls. It’s not immediate and has more meaning. I have time to develop relationships with the people I’m with. There is a different respect for it, they sit there with you and every shot counts.” Fundamental to Hunter’s work is the journey, the people, the place. Then committing them to film before they are greatly changed or gone forever.

R|A|P has so far published 5 books by Hunter Barnes:

A Testimony of Serpent Handling



Off the Strip

Spirit of the Southern Speedways

October 2020 sees the publication of The People

Hunter Barnes