Barbara Maloney is a photographer and printmaker who was born in Washington, DC., lived for several years in London, and who now makes her home in Dayton, Maryland. Working primarily with alternative photographic processes, she has been an exhibiting artist for over twenty-five years. She got her first "real" camera (an Olympus OM-1) shortly after the birth of her first child. She loved what she could do with it and how it made her world so much larger. Within a month of taking her first photograph, she knew that she wanted to spend the rest of her life making images.
Early on, she moved from straight photography to the alternative world. After a few years of playing with Polaroid emulsion transfers and infrared films, she turned on to the alchemy of cyanotype and gum bichromate. While living in London, she was fortunate to be able to study the temperaprint process with the late Peter Fredrick. These days she works primarily with temperaprint and photopolymer gravure.
Barbara teaches photography at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland and alternative photography at Photoworks, Glen Echo Park, in Bethesda, Maryland.
"Working with alternative processes takes the joy of photography into an almost magical realm of creativity. It is the place where light, paint, ink, the human heart, and the human hand all merge together."