At the age of 17, Mr. Barden sold his first theatrical images to The Champlain Shakespeare Festival. The photos, a series of images of the three repertory plays from the 1971 season, found their way into promotional and editorial placements in New York, London and beyond.
Years later he met and married dancer Jennifer Marshall and their partnership in the ownership of dance studios, and performing arts facilities began. During that time, Barden rekindled his passion for photography, recognizing the need to document some of the hundreds of performers, some now on to professional careers in dance and theater. Having worked for years in the field of information technology management, he began exploring the world of digital photography and design using his deep technical skills as a launchpad. The result is a skilled photographer with a performer's heart.
Mr. Barden is available to photograph your dancer, company, and performance. Audition portraiture a specialty. His fine art photographs are also in demand and may be purchased through our online store. Signed limited editions of several of his most popular photos are coming soon.