Barbara Anello: Photographs of Southeast Asia and Morocco

Facades with horns, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja, Desa Palawa, Indonesia, Image: 2008. Image and original data provided by Barbara Anello

Barbara J. Anello has contributed approximately 750 photographs of architecture, art, and culture in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Morocco to the Artstor Digital Library.

In Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, Anello photographed the domestic architecture of rural areas and ethnic minorities, documenting how traditional building forms have been preserved or lost over time. Her photographs include the royal complexes in Hué, Vietnam, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and ancient Cham and Khmer temple ruins, including Banteay Chhmar. In Morocco, where Anello lived (2006-2008), she photographed the traditional earthen architecture of Ait Ben Haddou, the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis, and documented Imazighen (Berber) weavers in Ain Leuh, Itzer, Ben Smimm, and Azrou in the Middle Atlas Mountains.

This selection joins two others collections of photographs by Anello in Artstor, one documenting the architecture, arts, and culture of Ladakh, India, and the other, graffiti in New York

Artist and art historian Barbara J. Anello has lived and worked in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Morocco since 1985. In America she has worked for Castelli-Feigen-Corcoran, and the architectural firm Redroof Design. With a Fulbright in Art History and documentary photography of vernacular architecture (2008) she worked in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Her paintings and photographs of Balinese dancers and musicians illustrate I Wayan Dibia and Rucina Ballinger's Balinese Dance, Drama and Music (2005). Anello studied painting at Reed College and New York University, and received her M.A. in Art History (Documentary Photography) from Montclair State University (2006). She worked with the United States Peace Corps and the Ministère de l'Artisanat, Delegation de l'Artisanat de Meknes, Small Business Development Program in Ain Leuh, Morocco (2006-2008). In 2008, she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Southeast Asia Regional Research Program in Art History.

Anello's photography focuses on architecture, both historical and vernacular, and aspects of traditional art and culture. She partnered in nominating sites to the World Monuments Watch 2012 and 2014 (Desa Lingga, Karo, Sumatra; Desa Peceran & Dokan, Sumatra, and Flores, Ngada villages). She is also a contributor to a forthcoming Thames & Hudson book on world vernacular architecture.