Q&A | Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Photo of photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron by James D. Barron.

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of Vogue editor Lisa Love taken by Jeannette Montgomery Barron from her book Scene that captures creatives of the downtown art world of 1980s New York. Her portraits of heavy-hitters like Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Jenny Holzer, Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat are all so unforced, like you're sitting with them in their living room on a random Tuesday night. Barron has published several books since and continues to exhibit her work. Her next big show opens May 3rd at Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Below is Barron's Q&A, which incidentally reveals her affinity for the 70s, not the 80s!

If not in Rome or New York, I would live...wouldn't mind living in Los Angeles for a while. I feel most comfortable in places with palm trees. 

My dream vacation would be to...go to a small island in Italy with my husband and do nothing but swim, eat fish, draw and read. 
My current obsessions are... 

Food: It doesn't matter as long as it's not too fussy.  I love to cook but it's always simple. 

Music: I am eclectic, with a strong focus on the early 70's.

Fashion:  I love J. Brand jeans, Church's boots, shirts from my friend Sabine Schomber in Rome, A.P.C. and Laura Urbinati.  I like hats and in winter wear an old Borsalino my brother gave me about 20 years ago. In the summer I wear a summer version of the hat. Both fold up and can go with me when I travel.   

Retail Stores: I buy a lot of things from my friend Ann Mashburn in Atlanta (I go there often) because she has great taste and everything is edited.

I channel my childhood self when I...swim in the ocean, ride my bike or play tennis.  

The fictional character I most relate to is…Gosh, that's a great question!  I have no idea.  

If I had to be outdoors all day I would...be on a beach. Under an umbrella.  

My favorite quality in a man is...the ability to cry.  
My favorite quality in a woman is...honesty. 

I'm terrified of...really cold weather.  

My dream car is a...classic Fiat 500.

My cocktail of choice is...Italian wine.  

My beauty product of choice is...Avène facial cream.  I also like Dr. Haushka.  

My friends and I like to...eat lunch and play Scrabble.  

If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...the 70's!

As a teenager I was totally into...T. Rex.

I tend to splurge on...jeans, boots and sandals.  

Always being so relieved when I can take off my high heels (on the rare occasions I have to wear them)...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.


Anonymous said...

Who is the Bardotesque woman in the stripe shirt? Is it Kathryn Bigelow?
Love this.

Lizzie said...

@Anon Yep, bingo. I love that photo.

Mamavalveeta03 said...

She has a perfect talent for looking trendy and timeless at once. Love her style!

a.r.v.y said...

I have been following your blog for the past two years and today I literally screamed when I saw Jeannette Barron as your latest Q&A. I have known Jeanette for most of my life she is my best friends mother and a all around phenomenal woman! It was nice to see one of these Q&A be a person so dear to my heart!

Mattea said...

I want every piece she's wearing. What an outstanding style and perspective!

Unknown said...

oh my goodness, thank you for this interview. shes such an inspiration <3 Megan McIsaac