My name is Paul Barbera. I am a photographer. ‘Where They Create’ is a visual documentation of the creative environments of artist & creatives that I meet during my travels for assignments.

About the book & project:

"Paul Barbera’s project documents, through images, creative working spaces from all around the world. With Where They Create, the Australian photographer – who started taking pictures of interiors almost by accident (“it’s the thing I do without thinking”) - changed his voyeurism into a sort of anthropological research. Looking for absurd and hidden things, Barbera enters the studios of international creative people – artists, art directors, architects, designers, stylists – and captures all the details of their personal stories and artistic processes.

Barbera’s curiosity, naturalness and good eye for interiors, together with his ability to transmit emotions and warmth make this project unique. Creatives need to transform their offices into intimate spaces (like a home), and to keep his/her own things close to be able to create. Others could work anywhere, travelling with the bare essentials as Paul does. But everybody, even if for a while, leaves personal traces, aspects that don’t pass unnoticed… if you are able to catch them.

Initially thought only as a blog, Where They Create turned into a book thanks to the interest of Frame Publishers."

Written by Monica Lombardi for 2DM blog magazine


Paul Barbera is a lifestyle and interior photographer with a reportage style spanning cultural anthropology to luxury living.

He strives to capture the complex, emotional honesty of his subjects by reverting to a minimalist approach. He shoots in natural light and avoids overly complicated technical arrangements which permit authenticity and a voyeuristic thrill to come to the fore.

Paul was born in Melbourne, Australia and currently resides in New York City. He is regularly commissioned throughout Asia, Europe and Australia and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

He has established himself as an interior and lifestyle photographer and has worked with publications like Vogue Living, Bon Appetit Magazine and Elle Décor and has worked with public figures including the Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal, New York based artist Olaf Breuning and designer and architect Mario Bellini and has worked with clients including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Bugaboo and Dedon.

He has been featured in the New York Times, the Paris Review and Forbes.

Barbera has turned his long term passion project Love-lost into an ongoing series of publications with the first limited edition book available from Dashwood Books New York and through KK outlet in London.


Cristi Duncan - Studio Manager work@paulbarbera.com
Queenie Chan - Studio Director
Jenny Nguyen-Barron - PR - meltingbutter.com