"He (TIM BARNWELL) may be the most gifted documentary photographer to come out of Appalachia since the Depression. Barnwell emulates F.S.A. masters with superb subject material, good, clean images and a solid point of view. And he knows the territory. Barnwell revives the freshness in photos of baptisms in the creeks, families in their shacks, farmers plowing and social gatherings at the general store. These photos seem to say that not much has changed in Appalachia over the past 50 years." - THE VILLAGE VOICE (NY) / FRED McDARRAH
“These photographs are deceptive. They might have been taken in the years of the Great Depression, when Farm Security Administration sent forth a bevy of photographers to capture the working people of America. Gorgeous landscapes, even in winter, capture the pristine beauty of the land. Images of people with their animals show eloquently their close bond to nature. Barnwell clearly holds a deep respect for these mountain people, their lives shaped by the elements.” - BLACK AND WHITE MAGAZINE / SHAWN O'SULLIVAN
"Tim Barnwell’s book The Face of Appalachia, Portraits from the Mountain Farm, is filled with so many great photographs (and I do mean great), that further editing would prove not only difficult, but painful. When an artist has as many remarkable images as he has, we can truly praise him. Great photographers make great photographs. He approaches his subjects by getting to know them, gaining their trust before he photographs them. When they are ready they look directly into the camera. They strike their own pose, giving their portrait to him. To that end, he is supremely successful. And then, we hear their voices as they tell their stories. He puts them at ease. He draws them out. They didn’t know they were saying anything of consequence; it was just talk. Tim knew differently. What they say is of the utmost importance to him. Later he would shape it into prose. Barnwell’s masterpiece might be the photograph of Peggy Harmon tending her dying aunt. They gaze into each other’s eyes, as the younger woman comforts the older, brushing the hair from her face. I’m reminded here of W. Eugene Smith’s famous photograph “Tomoko in her bath.” It has that same kind of power-the power of love. A lot of Tim’s love has gone into this book–a love of the land and those who inhabit it. If these people are shaped by the land (and they are), Tim Barnwell grew out of the same earth. By immortalizing them, he has immortalized himself." - GEORGE A. TICE / PHOTOGRAPHER & AUTHOR (from Foreword to The Face of Appalachia)
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS VISTAS AND BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY VISTAS BOOKS
THE NATIONAL PARKS TURN 100-podcast of The State of Things from WUNF-FM, a NC public radio program with host Frank Stasio. Mr. Barnwell interviewed as part of their program on the national parks and his book Great Smoky Mountains Vistas. Four guest on the program from August 25, 2016. Mr. Barnwell's segment starts at 24:30 on time on podcast. About 6 minute segment.
BLUE RIDGE COUNTRY MAGAZINE 2015 - Article about Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas book talk at Roanoke, VA library
THE DAILY SOUTH-SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE BLOG - Online article on blog about Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas book
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER - Online article about Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas book
GO KNOXVILLE - Website article about Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas book
HIGH COUNTRY NC - Article on Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas book
FACE OF APPALACHIA, ON EARTH'S FURROWED BROW, AND HANDS IN HARMONY BOOKS
YOUTUBE VIDEO ON HANDS IN HARMONY EXHIBIT AT WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY'S MOUNTAIN HERITAGE CENTER: YouTube Video link
MOTHER JONES - Magazine article on Hands in Harmony book.
READ THE SPIRIT - Article about Hands In Harmony book.
INDY WEEK - Newspaper article on Hands in Harmony book.
NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF HISTORY (RALEIGH) - Podcast about exhibit and book, On Earths Furrowed Brow (25 minute interview with Mr. Barnwell by B.J. Davis).
W. W. NORTON- Publishers book page on Tim Barnwell's three books.
THE SOUTHERN PHOTOGRAPHER - Listing about Hands in Harmony exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum (2010).
BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED -Webpage about Hands in Harmony book.
NC MUSEUM OF HISTORY - Announcement (2009) about On Earths Furrowed Brow exhibition:
MOUNTAIN EXPRESS - Article (Oct. 2009) on Hands in Harmony book:
GENERAL ARTICLES ON MR. BARNWELL
LOCAL HEARTED PODCAST Episode LH011-Mr. Barnwell's work is featured in a new blog on the arts called Local Hearted. Check it out to see images and listen to the podcast interview about his photography and approach to his work.
LENSWORK MAGAZINE. September/October 2016 magazine. Cover image and 17-image spread in magazine on Mr. Barnwell's "Jewels of the Southern Coast" black and white images from SC and GA, with artist profile and photographers statements about the project.
LUMIERE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (REPRESENTS TIM BARNWELL'S WORK) - Link to video on Tim Barnwell.
ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM - Tim Barnwell images in their collection.
MADISON COUNTY PHOTOJOURNALISM PAGE - Photojournalism about Madison County, NC. Features profile of Mr. Barnwell and his work.
ALIEN SKIN NEWS - Alien Skin Software newsletter with profile of Mr. Barnwell
CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL - Notice about 2012 Hands in Harmony exhibit at Ferst Gallery in Atlanta: