Barbara Probst was born in 1964 in Munich, Germany, and studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
She has exhibited widely in Europe and the US. Her work was shown in New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2006. She has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland; Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, United States; National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark; Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, United States; Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany; and the Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic.
Her work is represented in numerous public collections, including Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, United States; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, United States.
Books about her work have been published by Steidl, Hatje Cantz, Hartmann Books, and Éditions Xavier Barral.
She lives and works in New York and Munich.