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Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker

One of the world’s most sought-after photographers, Nigel Barker has been capturing beautiful images for more than 20 years. This fall, Barker will release his first book Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation (Abrams, September 13, 2010).

Casting aside conventional rules (be tall! be skinny! have flawless skin!) Nigel shares the elements that, when added together, equal true beauty. Beauty Equation offers tips and advice on fashion, style, hair, and make-up, showing readers how to turn perceived negatives into positives, celebrate their uniqueness, and be their personal best. Barker began his career as a model for top designers & photographers. As his love for fashion grew, so did his desire to create beautiful images as a photographer.

Barker opened his own studio in New York’s Meat Packing District in 1996 and his photography career took off. His work has since appeared in such publications s as GQ, Interview, Paper, Lucky, Seventeen, Cover, Razor Red, People and more. Barker uses his success and the power of photography to spread his humanitarian message to a vast audience through his work with several charities. He has created films, PSA’s and traveling exhibits for Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Do Something organization and The Humane Society.

For his latest humanitarian effort, Barker teamed up with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation to create “Generation Free,” a documentary that highlights the successes and challenges in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS. His ever expanding presence in the industry has resulted in many new projects including the creation of his own show on VH1, “The Shot.” He also directs and produces films, commercials, documentaries and advertising campaigns. Barker lives in New York City with his wife Cristen their two children.

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