Been photographing, seriously, since January 1992.

While my intent is to capture moments in time that can not ever be again as a documentary photograper my focus and interests tend toward street and outdoor event photography such as festivals, parades and protest demonstrations.

Just as it is true that the street festivals that I attend and/or document seldom have any connection to my personal history and cultural heritage many of the protests that I document DO NOT coincide with my political persuasion nor spirituality.

Visit my protest photography archives at

Ongoing themes include store windows, public art in public spaces, cemeteries, funerals, ride-by shooting, folks dancing and graffiti / street art ... just to name a few.

For an overview of my archives visit

You will also find my work at Ipernity at

Having relocated to Baltimore MD from Washington DC on August 2016 my EXPLORATION OF BALTIMORE will be blogged at

Payment for use of my images may be sent to Paypal at

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    Photo Nut 2011 says:

    "As a fellow Documentary Photographer I really appreciate your work and hope you continue in your photo work for years to come. I also admire the fact that you are able to capture both the people and the places you visit so well. Our Documentary styles may differ slightly but I find it nice to encounter a kindred spirit who enjoys documentation as much as I do.

    Keep up the great work.


    November 10th, 2016

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    Helper12 says:

    "Congratulations, Elvert, on your re-location to Baltimore City's Mount Vernon neighborhood. It appears to be a walkable, attractive and human-scaled district.
    Many happy years and the good health to go with them!
    Thanks for your eclectic flickr work and the correspondence we have had about the same ... and other shared interests ... over the past five years. You produce thoughtful images, document thoroughly and are not judgmental of the characters / subjects, nor do you editorialize ....
    rare qualities in a most talented person.

    August 16th, 2016

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    daveinshaw says:

    "If you wanted to know about life in Washington, DC over the last 10 years or so, there are few better insights anywhere than looking at the photographic posts of Elvert Barnes. He literally seems to be everywhere! I am continually awed by his dedication and the quality of his documentary photography. Simply fantastic!"

    November 28th, 2013

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    ad hoc cake says:

    "I admire Elvert's street photography. His candid shots of everyday urban life in DC consistently intrigue me. I also can't thank him enough for the support he's given as I continue to grow as a photographer. He's definitely one of the good guys on Flickr."

    August 4th, 2008

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    SignFire says:

    "ElvertBarnes has a way of capturing human moments.
    When we look at his photos, we see what was previously thought to be the mudane activity of everyday life with renewed reverence and interest."

    March 21st, 2008

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    stale haircut says:

    "Elvert- Congratulations on fifty thousand plus photos on your site. Your flickr site would be an interesting study for one who studies current American culture. Your photos, whether capturing something significant or ordinary, are an interesting chronicle of the places you are at - NYC, DC, Florida, or wherever. The simple things in life can be most revealing, to the observant eye."

    February 21st, 2008

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    Essentialarity says:

    "This also is my first testimonial, and maybe my only one. My partner and I had the good fortune to meet Elvert on a sunny Sunday afternoon on the steps of the Old Post Office in DC, A childhood friend from Houston was visiting and we were roaming around downtown DC. While soaking in the sights on Pennsylvania Avenue, Elvert came bounding toward us with camera in hand. He circled around Bruce and me and quickly asked if he could take our pictures for an essay on tattoes. Flattered, we agreed, and Elvert fired off 8 or so shots, and was off. As he strolled away, he said in passing that we could see the pictures on Flickr, if that was ok. We agreed. That night I made my first visit to Flickr and was far more intrigued by the body of Elvert's work than by the honor of being one of his subjects.

    I quickly got up to speed on this man and grasped who he was -- everyman's chronicler of street life in the nation's capitol. One can easily see how poignantly he paints the colorful human life of DC. He has an uncanny ability to capture that which is both strikingly common and at the same time, unique, about the pulse of L'Enfant's and Washington's city.

    Elvert showed me how to love DC in ways I had not over my 15 years as a resident. And after relocating to Seattle, his pictures remain my most treasured way to recall the glory of DC. Thanks, Elvert!"

    October 3rd, 2006

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    jimeli1 says:

    "I never immeadiately write a testimonial aboutanyone.This is the first time, but I am so awed by this artist....

    Well I can say how fortunate I am to come across Elvert Barnes website here at I have been gazing thorugh his sets and he is somehow for me, a Pop artist 21st century, of the ordinary day by day of life and of the world... I love this man's prolific collections.So impressive. Inspires me to get back onto the scene of documentary as art impression. There is so much to see here that it will take me several weeks to really study and absorb and feel his works and by then a whole new slew of imagery will have been acquired..
    I am wondering if the world can really see the genius of Alvert and his messages? He is one of my favourites here. Thank you Alvert for putting me on your contact list......."

    July 23rd, 2006

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    John Fulton says:

    "I love the way Elvert captures people doing the ordinary. I've always enjoyed "people watching" and I feel like I am doing that from afar when checking out his latest postings. I have been to Dupont Circle before in person, but it feels like a regular haunt of mine via Elvert's lens."

    May 18th, 2006

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    superb plastic says:

    "Elvert is most likely the finest producers of "street documentary" working on Flickr today. he is surely one of the more proficient and ever diligent in his pursuit of the goings on about WDC.
    thanks for some very interesting and entertaining insights into the nations' capitol."

    March 16th, 2006

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    didactic hand says:

    "Besides his very striking photography, Elvert is a very kind and generous man who goes out of his way for virtual strangers. He spent time making me a DVD which involved material that was very timely and of great personal importance to him and to his own life. This is a true gentleman and I'm lucky that he has shared himself with me."

    February 19th, 2006

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    JimboJames says:

    "this guy is one of the most dedicated photographers uploading on flicker. He has an amazing collection of every subject of the sun. Highly recommended.
    jimbo James."

    January 2nd, 2006

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    Thzami Gamour Rinpoche says:

    ""We proudly announce that all your projects are protected by us with the allowance of HH the 14th. Dalai Lama. You can always count on the support of ours in a metaphysical, psyhical and physical way.
    Welcome on the board...

    Ohm Mani Pad Me Hum
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    Ohm Mani Pad Me Hum

    1st. Kashgapa Thzami Gamour Rinpoche
    17th. Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje"

    August 22nd, 2005

Elvert Barnes
April 2005
Lexington Park, MD
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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