Erin Barnett

Erin Barnett – Editor

I am interested in how texts and images shape the ways we understand history and the present, each other and ourselves.


Trained as an art historian, I began my editorial career in the art history textbook division of Abrams, continued to foster my skills as a freelance editor and writer, and honed them as a Managing Editor at Abrams. I have been a freelance editor (developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading) and writer for more than twenty years, working exclusively with arts organizations and publishers including Aperture, the International Center of Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York, Phaidon, and Steidl. A communicator who strives for clarity and accessibility, I am seeking to work with writers whose texts take advantage of my unique experiences in publishing houses and art museums.
Architecture Art Design History Photography Political Science & Current Affairs
English (US)

Work experience


Apr, 2014 — Mar, 2016 (almost 2 years)

*Managed list of approximately eight-five titles per year.
*Copyedited and proofread interiors, jackets, and marketing materials.
*Hired, evaluated, and managed freelance copyeditors and proofreaders.


Jan, 2003 — Present

*Edit, copyedit, and proofread books and exhibition catalogues for clients including Abrams, Aperture, Doris Duke Foundation, Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, International Center of Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Phaidon, Rubin Museum of Art, and Steidl.
*Collate and check collections on page layouts, color proofs, and bluelines.

International Center of Photography

Mar, 2002 — Mar, 2014 (about 12 years)

*Copyedited exhibition brochures and didactics.
*Edited all collections database catalogue entries for online presentation.
*Created (and later revised) style guide for cataloguing collection works.
*Wrote and edited posts for ICP's collection blog.
*Organized Southworth & Hawes catalogue raisonné.
*Worked extensively with design and production staff at Steidl.


Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao: New York

Liao, Jeff Chien-Hsing

History of Art

Janson, H. W.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Donald Albrecht

Lartigue: Life in Color

D'Astier, Martine

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