Sébastien Barré

Albany, NY

Sébastien Barré is an engineer by day and photographer by night. Living in Albany, NY, this native of France moved to Upstate New York in 2001 and has developed an affinity for live performances, architecture, community events and abandoned buildings. Sébastien's work has been featured in 3 solo exhibitions and 18 group shows since 2010. He won an honorable mention at the 2011 Photo Regional hosted by the Albany Center Gallery and had work on display at the 2011 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region at the Albany Institute of History & Art. He usually doesn't talk about himself in the third person.

“I grew up surrounded by old houses and the occasional ruin. I like to look at an abandoned building as a lost vessel that holds memories. Many of the places I visit feel like they had been occupied a week before. Chairs, desks, files, toys, folders, a can of soup, a last cup of coffee -- a lot was left behind. These objects are now self-sufficient, they exist without us. One wonders who left them, too. Why was it so sudden? Who was the last person to flip the switch and how did they feel about it? I try to provide a glimpse into this world of chaos and decay before it inevitably gives way to something completely different old or new.” — Sébastien Barré

Photo by Bennett V. Campbell