Barbara Rubinstein

Sitting with my Mother

Even before the start, my mother guided me toward photography—and now, she helps me navigate it.

Berkeley - Somewhere you've never been - Stopped Down Studio

Back to Somewhere You’ve Never Been

In early December, my mother called. Her foot surgery would be far more intense than we expected.

Photos from the Women's March in Oakland

Photos from the Women’s March in Oakland

I got very excited when I heard about the Women’s March in Washington. I wanted to be part of something historic. I needed community.

Chasing my summer self · Stopped Down Studio

Chasing My
Summer Self

Growing up, I longed for summer. For the ways summer transformed and freed me to do whatever, wherever. This summer I took that license as far as I ever have.

I Haven’t Told You Everything

Unlike the poem, which requires you add everything before you can think about removing things, the photograph achieves through reduction.

Live from the Eye of the Storm

An opportunity came to visit the Bay Area, where my boy and his family live, which was too good to pass on.

Coming home for family: Dad, making a dad face


My mother’s cousin, Gina, was dying. She knew this. We knew this. She’d been making her peace with the aggressive return of an aggressive cancer for over a year.