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ISABEL BARTON
 
A New York State resident, Venezuelan born Isabel Barton (right side of photo) is a filmmaker and photographer. In 1972 she was the first woman to be awarded the Venezuelan National Award of Photography. Beginning in 1979, under mentorship of master photographer Ezra Stoller, her architectural photographs were published in major magazines, and her portraits of artists, including Philip Glass, Keith Haring and Jesús Soto, in catalogues, posters and magazines internationally. During those years, 79-01, her photographs and silk-screens showed in galleries and museums throughout the US, including the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ, the Center for Inter American Relations, NYC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA.

In 1989 she heard the intricate story of American aviator Jimmie Angel who discovered Angel Falls in 1933, and decided to write a screenplay about him. In 1991, while doing research for the screenplay, Barton traveled west and interviewed Angel’s son Rolan and brother Clyde both residing in California. She then visited Angel Falls in the Kamarata Valley, located in the Venezuelan Amazon. There she interviewed José Manuel Ugarte, a Pemón, the adopted son of Angel. This experience began Barton’s love for the Pemón people and for their land.

In 1995, Barton joined Karen, Jimmie Angel’s niece, in founding the JIMMIE ANGEL HISTORICAL PROJECT, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the research and dissemination of information about Jimmie Angel and Angel Falls.

Barton also collaborates with Patricia Hubbard to perpetuate the work of American photojournalist Ruth Robertson, fellow pilot and friend of Jimmie Angel. She led the first successful land expedition to measure the true height of Angel Falls in 1949. During Robertson’s later years, Hubbard was her friend, archivist, and promoter.

Since 1999 Barton has produced and directed five short films in digital-video format, which have shown in film festivals such as the Woodstock Film Festival and the Film Columbia Festival, and in galleries and museums such as the Tjaden Gallery at Cornell University, the Norha Haime Gallery in NYC, the Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada and the Meade Museum at Amherst College in MA.

Hortensia Berti (left side of photo), a Pemón of the Kamarakoto tribe, and the great-granddaughter of the legendary Pemón Chief Alejo Calcaño. This work is the backbone of the Cultural Identity Program of Angel Conservation. WOMEN OF THE FALLS has received prestigious awards from the New State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


 
 
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