1st Place Award in the “Teenagers” category (Fall 2021). Photo by Bobbi Barbarich (Canada).

Bobbi Barbarich

Award-winning photography by Bobbi Barbarich

As a documentary photographer, identity is the theme in my work: who we are within our relationships, how our identities are expressed in what we choose to do, and how we express ourselves. I am especially drawn to questions about identity changing—who we become as we grow and how our familial experiences affect us. As an award-winning photographer in the wedding and family photography fields, I recognize how the images I make help me to make sense of my own childhood, and how oftentimes seemingly insignificant moments impacted who I became as an adult. I strive to share this recognition in my professional work, and focus specifically on teen identity in my personal work.

The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.