Vintage Photographs Re-Discovered.
Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey here! We are artists who collect and archivists who curate. We started PROJECT B in 2000 using our extensive archive of vernacular photography as the basis for artwork, exhibitions, publications and collaborations with other artists.
Barbara Levine founded PROJECT B as a natural continuation of her art, her career in the museum field and her expertise in collecting, curating and writing about vernacular photography and offbeat collections She is an independent curator and regularly organizes exhibitions for Cherryhurst House in Houston. While there, and with Paige Ramey and Martin Venezky, she produced the photo book CAMERA ERA, which was named a 2014 best photobook by photo-eye. As an author, Barbara's books, published by Princeton Architectural Press, include People Knitting: A Century of Photographs (2016); Finding Frida Kahlo (2009), featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, on BBC Radio and NPR; Around The World: The Grand Tour in Photo Albums (2007); and Snapshot Chronicles: Inventing the American Photo Album (2006). Her collection of early vernacular photograph albums was acquired by the International Center of Photography in New York. Trained as a photographer at the San Francisco Art Institute followed by a graduate degree in Museology, Ms. Levine served as deputy director of The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and as exhibitions director at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Paige Ramey is Co-owner and Founding Partner of PROJECT B, concentrating on product development, marketing/communications and client relations. She came to PROJECT B with over twenty years experience running arts organizations following her career in dance and video art in NYC. Since 2014 she has been consulting and co-curating for Cherryhurst House, an artists residence and exhibition space in Houston, Texas. Paige also has an extensive background in the preservation of pre-digital and time-based media. During her 15 years as Programs Director at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), she directed a seminal program in the field of analog video preservation, working with museum conservators, archivists and the Library of Congress to establish conservation practice standards for video repositories throughout the world. She is the writer/director of Playback: Preserving Analog Video, an interactive DVD set funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her formative experience as both a performer and a videographer in New York’s alternative dance/performance heyday—working with influential artists such as Elizabeth Streb and Yvonne Rainer—has fueled her lifelong commitment to preserve and distribute unique cultural expressions of a pre-digital world.