The Americas I have always been interested in Latin American history and inspired by many books, which I devoured while still living in Germany. So it was clear from the beginning of my career as a photographer, that my first trip would take me to Central America. I wanted to experience firsthand what I have read so much about. During this road trip, I discovered my passion for documentary photography and decided to continue my journey through the Americas. My aim was to photograph people and the natural circumstances in which they were living, with a narrative quality and an attempt to reach deeper. The images should show a confluence between the perceived reality and my personal feelings. The journey, which started 12 years ago in Nicaragua, brought me through Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Bahamas, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, and Canada up to Alaska. I experienced joy and suffering, laughter and tears, and realized that the Americas are not only connected as a continent, but more so that the life is linked through the shared history, the soul, and the humanity. My focus in ‘The Americas’ lies on human, social and environmental issues observed in my travels across the continent.
Petra Barth, born in Germany, originally studied Fashion Design in Milan. Following a lifetime passion, she became a full time freelance photographer in 1999. She studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and took several workshops, lead by Gary Knight and Antonin Kratochvil from the VII Photo agency, which changed her perspective on photography. Working globally, she has focused on human and social aspects in rural communities. Her special interest lies in women and children. For over eight years she has photographed in South and Central America, covering local culture, poverty, human rights, and natural disaster. She works with the Duke Human Rights Center as well worked in the past with the IACHR Inter-American Center of Human Rights. Her work has been exhibited, in several group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In 2004, she moved with her three children to the United States, where she lives and works in Washington DC.