Tyroler wants the viewer to experience the intrinsic beauty of the human body refracted into shapes of watery luminosity. She says, “Each image freezes a moment in the flow of time. The microsecond captured by my camera becomes a memory in a human story that has reached that point and will continue beyond it.”
"USA Swimming created Make A Splash because of high drowning rates. Nine people drown daily in the U.S., and drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death among children under the age of 14, according to Make A Splash. Specializing in water portraits, Chapel Hill artist Barbara Tyroler embraced the Hargraves Center swimming program." Terry Saylor, Correspondent
"Tyroler produced an installation with artist Jean LeCluyse, custom furniture maker Jim Oleson, jeweler Mirinda Kossoff, and poet Lou Lipsitz. Oleson's ambrosia maple table top tells a story about infestation of the wood by a boring beetle that also brings into the wood fungi which create colorful patterns around the beetle holes...Lipsitz’s wrote his poem inspired by LeCluyse’s tree drawings, Tyroler’s photos, and talks he and she had about the nature of the show It is titled, “It was Always There,” and begins “body’s inner tattoo/waiting to inscribe itself...” Deborah Meyer, Chapel Hill News
The Beijing Impressions series by artist Barbara Tyroler is a visual response to daughter Samm Tyroler-Cooper’s poetic interpretation of Chinese writer Lin Bai’s personal memoirs. This exhibition was inspired by “Illusion,” an excerpt from Lin’s collection of autobiographical essays “The Moonlight of De Erwo.” Presented in large, blended photographs, these figurative landscapes serve to reflect a people and city in cultural transformation, synthesizing the ancient with the contemporary, the literal with the metaphoric
"Drawing on the wealth of photography programs, such as Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, as well as various programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and artists and institutions throughout the area, Tyroler and Lankard saw the festival's varied schedule expand, almost by itself. Grants from the Orange County Arts Commission and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership helped the momentum, too. " Chris Vitello, Indy
Samm Tyroler-Cooper lectured on her work as a Fulbright scholar studying female migrant laborers in China at the opening of her mother Barbara Tyroler's photography exhibition entitled "Beijing Impressions" at the Greenbelt Community Center.
"Collaboration is a generous act; two or more artists work together leaving their personal egos behind and create a new work of art that blends their ideas into a new depth. This collaboration was the brainchild of photographer and teacher Barbara Tyroler, who floated it to five of her colleagues whose work she deeply respects and who show regularly at Frank Gallery." Blue Greenberg, Durham Herald
During a recent walk-through at Chapel Hill’s Frank Gallery, photographer Barbara Tyroler talked about the importance of collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Both ideas are central to a new exhibit she is presenting at Frank Gallery, “Getting Layered: 6 Women Collaborate on Self-Portraiture.” Chris Bellamy, Herald Sun
“These are women artists whose work is bold and creative – each established in their own fields. Each will present a self portrait constructed directly or conceptually from the photographic portrait collaboration,” Tyroler told me over wine at the Carolina Coffee Shop, where our conversation hop-scotched back and forth between past and present. The artists are Peg Bachenheimer, Anita Wolfenden, Mirinda Kossoff, Luna Ray Lee and Katherine Armacost.
"Tyroler’s water intimacy portraits became part of her university teaching curriculum and grew into multi-generational community workshops where participants come with their parents, children and spouses, photographing each other while Tyroler photographs them. There is immediacy to these images. We feel the rhythmic lapping of the water and sense the dance of light through the medium." Rangefinder
"The painterly, color-saturated surfaces of Barbara Tyroler’s water portraits pulsate with the rare beauty of an underwater coral garden. Visually ambiguous and bold, her photographs are ongoing explorations of the abstract discovered from acquatic interaction among people in the water. They celebrate the expressive power, rhythm and dimension of primary color and graphic line." Judith Bell
In producing portraiture with my family, water initially served as the set design. For my father, water was a healing environment for his medical condition, but ultimately we used the lens to produce beauty, to remember our shared experiences, rather than to document his pain and discomfort. For my daughter, this water portraiture extended the photographic explorations of the oceans, lakes, and pools of her youth, but it was more about passage and transition.