About Me



My work considers photography in all of its aspects, and in many of its forms, often commenting on photographic and contemporary art culture in self-contained projects. I don’t use any one technique for my work, each piece dictates its own final form. My subjects tend toward mathematical and/or minimalist representations of everyday things, and are often abstract. If there is a “red thread” through my work, it would be represented by the acronym HATCHES (Handwork, Algorithm, Text, Chaos, Humor, Experimentation, Simplicity), which describes how I go about making my art.


middle aged white woman wearing glassesBorn in Ohio, Barbara Tozier works in photography — digital, analog, and hybrid — with forays into video and multimedia. She settled in Michigan in 1997, after an engineering career that took her to Pennsylvania and the Netherlands. In 2009 she reconnected with photography (having studied with Nicholas Hlobeczy in college), and in 2012 started taking photo classes at Washtenaw Community College where she received an Associates degree in May 2016.

She has exhibited at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, and in group shows at Hatch Art Gallery (Hamtramck), 22 North Gallery (Ypsilanti), Washtenaw Community College and Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor). She lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Barbara Tozier is a conceptual artist whose medium is photography in all of its forms. Her undogmatic, irreverent, and often self-referential work balances process and message, exposing a high degree of hands on work and experimentation, and conveying her desire to explore the boundaries of the photographic object.

CV (selected)

  • Residencies and Honors
    • 2016-2017 Artist in Residence, University Musical Society, Ann Arbor
    • 2015–2016 Washtenaw Community College Divisional Scholarship
  • Photography Shows
    • 2017, Hatchback 11, Hamtramck, juror Treena Flannery Ericson
    • 2016, Somerville Toy Camera Festival 2016, Somerville, MA, juror Christopher James
    • 2016-2017 Dancing in the Dark (Alternative Processes), Washtenaw Community College
    • 2016 WCC Alternative Processes, 22 North Gallery, Ypsilanti
    • 2015 Modernizing the Archaic, Kerrytown Concert House
    • 2014 New Art, New Artists, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original
  • Film
    • 2016 My Father, The Alien, short film (producer, writer)
    • 2012 Tommy Button, short film (producer)
    • 2010, 1st Assistant Director, Felix Graves episode 2, “Double Booked”
  • Education
    • 2016 AS with High Honors, Photographic Technology, Washtenaw Community College
    • 2016 Certificate, Photographic Imaging, Washtenaw Community College
    • 2002, MBA with High Distinction, University of Michigan
    • 1987, BS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • Related Work experience
    • 2009–present, Self-employed Product Photographer
    • 2009–present, Co-owner and Producer, Fun Yet Films
    • 2013–2016, Student Lab Assistant, Photo Lab, Washtenaw Community College
    • 2008–2015, Freelance Camera Assistant
    • 2009–2010, Freelance Production Assistant


Unless otherwise indicated, all images and text are ©Barbara Tozier. All Rights Reserved. If you would like to purchase or otherwise license images, please feel free to contact me.

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