It was at school helping a friend develop a roll of film that Nic Barlow was immediately hooked by photography. Consequently, he took a degree in Graphic Design at the Bath Academy of Art, and on moving to London became a freelance photographer. Thanks to a book about life at Eton College featuring his photographs (Eton Days, Lund Humphries), he began to get commissions from magazines such as Vogues Hommes, Harpers & Queen, World of Interiors, Town & Country, Geo Magazine, Newsweek, Tatler and The Sunday Times.
His photography appears in many highly illustrated books including: The Illustrated Mrs Beeton (Sheldrake Press). The Happiness Book (Pan Books), A Celebration of Champagne (Mitchell Beazley), Border Ballards (Macmillan), Chatsworth: The Estate (Macmillan), Follies & Fantasties (Abrams) and Little-Known Museums: In and Around London (Abrams), His first volume on follies, Follies of Europe: Architectural Extravaganzas was published in England (2008) and in France and Germany in 2009. At present Nic is photographing follies in America
He has also had six one-man exhibitions: The Rebecca Hossack Gallery (2001), The Oxo Tower Gallery (2003), Edinburgh Botanical Gardens (2007), Birmingham Botanical Gardens (2007), Petworth House (2008) and The Brighton and Hove Museum (2009).
Carlo Zaar, my Austrian grandfather, worked as a geologist in Brunn, Czechoslovakia. He was passionate about Photography and was one of the first to produce autochromes in the early 1920s. He regularly corresponded with The Lumiere Brothers about the process (potato starch sensitized on a 5×4 glass plate). The quality of these plates is astounding, especially for the time that they were produced (1922). They show my grandmother, Gertrude, as a newly married wife at the age of twenty two.