Barry Iverson was a photographer for Time Magazine for 25 years covering the Middle East from 1981-2007, photographing all of the major events of the region for a quarter century, including such paradigm changing events such as the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the takedown of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the aftermath of September 11, coup d’etats, archaeology and famine.
Iverson is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1985, after two years of research at Harvard University and the Harvard Semitic Museum, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to research the history of photography in Egypt, and concurrently taught photography at the American University in Cairo during the 1985-86 academic year. Iverson has produced several fine art portfolios, including The Tour, Still, Egyptian Desert Views I & II, Cairo I & II, Antiquity, Egyptian Portraits, Comparative Views of Egypt, Aged, The Cinders of Gawhara Palace, Sand & Stone, Comparative Views of Harvard. Iverson has published Comparative Views of Egypt (1994), and Egypt 1900: The View Through Postcards (1993), and written the biographies of photographers Van Leo (of whom Iverson was largely responsible for the transfer of his entire archive to AUC), Riad Chehata, and the Leavitt Hunt/Nathan Baker photographic partnership.
Iverson holds a large archive of 19th & 20th century photographs of the Near East. It was the early works and study of photographers like Frith, Greene, Du Camp, Hunt/Baker as well as Walker Evans, which deeply affected Iverson’s own personal vision and style.
Iverson’s work references the Near East and his practice is rooted in the New Topographics movement of the 1970s, and further shaped by photographic history, documentary work and cinematic influences. Iverson’s describes his series “The Tour” as “documentary fiction” and evolved from his previous series “Comparative Views of Egypt”. The latest series are “Market Studies”, and “Immortality”.