GALLERIES THAT FOCUS on fine art photography are few and far between in Arizona. In downtown Scottsdale, Raquel and Jacques Barbey aim to change that with the opening of their new Fiat Lux Gallery, where the emphasis is on works by photographers with an Arizona connection.
The couple each brought skills to bear in the creation of the gallery. Jacques, a Boston native, was studying anthropology at the U of A when he walked into the Center for Creative Photography, located on campus. “That changed my life,” recalls Jacques. “I saw the works of W. Eugene Smith and Henri Cartier-Bresson.” Pursuing photography, he landed internships at The Arizona Republic and The Phoenix Gazette, then launched his own business, shooting for Time, Newsweek, Arizona Opera and other clients.
Raquel spent her career in luxury residential real estate—including over 10 years with Walt Danley—and was instrumental in finding the gallery’s 6,500-square-foot space, an ivy-covered European-style building that once housed interior designer Jerry Ebbett’s showroom. “The building reminded me of Jacques’ photographic aesthetic,” Raquel explains. “It has a classic, romantic appeal.”
Using the spare high-ceilinged first floor as the gallery, and second story as studio space, the Barbeys opened Fiat Lux in October with a Bob Carey show. Carey gained viral fame after donning a pink tulle skirt and posing in photos in unexpected places across the globe, just to make his breast cancer-afflicted wife smile.
Through Jan. 11, the gallery is showing work by Carefree photographer Scott Baxter, while a show by photographer John Wagner runs Feb. 15 to March 22. The plan, says Raquel, is to have three pop-up-style shows a year.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with and knowing many great photographers,” Jacques says. “The gallery is a way to showcase their talents.”
And the name of the gallery? “It means ‘let there be light’ in Latin,” says Jacques. “Photography, after all, is painting with light.” Open to the public Thursdays, 7-9pm, and throughout week by appointment; 6919 E. First Ave., 480.280.8000
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