Joseph N. Barker
ICON IN THE GULCH

Some call me the mastermind behind Nashville's rise to relevance as one of the "It" cities of the 21st century. If anything, I've tried to master playing second violin. These are my stories.

“It was a risk worth taking.”
READ STORY
Lillian Perkins
“Nobody wanted to come into the Gulch.”
READ STORY
Lillian Perkins
“What was scary was that when we started, there had already been several attempts that had failed.”
READ STORY
Lillian Perkins
“We needed to stop following the crowd and expand our vision for the future.”
READ STORY
Lillian Perkins
“It was a disaster!”
READ STORY
Lillian Perkins
“The very first deal we worked on together failed.”
READ STORY
Lillian Perkins

FEATURED STORIES

Business

“It was a risk worth taking.”

Read story
Business

"One of my secrets for success is very simple. Simple, but definitely not easy."

Read story
Business

“The very first deal we worked on together failed.”

Read story
Business

“It was a disaster!”

Read story
Business

“We needed to stop following the crowd and expand our vision for the future.”

Read story
Business

“What was scary was that when we started, there had already been several attempts that had failed.”

Read story
Life
The Journey

Life lessons from being on the path

read SERIES
Business
Keep Showing Up

Lessons from 50+ years in business and counting

read SERIES
Travel
Through the world

Wonder where you wander

read SERIES
Photography
Through the lens

Life is how you look at it

read SERIES

THE JOURNEY

"No man ever steps in the same river twice." – Heraclitus

Childhood & personal life

Born & Raised
Nashville, TN
READ STORIES
1940s — 1950s
1950s— 1970s

university & MARINE CORPS

Dartmouth University
Vanderbilt Law School
U.S. Marine Corps Attorney
Nashville, TN – Vietnam
READ STORIES

LEGAL CAREER

Attorney At Law
Nashville, TN
READ STORIES
1980s— 1990s
2000s— NOW

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT

Marketstreet Enterprises
Nashville, TN
READ STORIES

FEATURED WORKS

Selections from Joseph N. Barker's award-winning body of work

Vanishing Faces Of Bhutan:

The Study of a Timeless Culture

VANISHING FACES OF BHUTAN: The Study of a Timeless Culture provides a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of people living in remote Himalayan villages as they go about their daily rituals: shopping, praying, dancing, selling their produce, eating, meeting friends, celebrating, playing archery, and working the land.

As a photographer and world traveler, I visited people in their natural environment and made these images during visits to Bhutan between 2004 and 2007.

“Vanishing Faces” is a nod to the Buddhist notions of impermanence and time passing. Some of the people in these photos have passed on to their next lives. The children have grown up, and now perhaps some have children of their own. None of them are what they were at that brief moment in time when I snapped their photo and engaged with them.

They have “vanished,” but they are also timeless.

What they're saying

Jennifer P, CHAMBER PRESIDENT

When it comes to Nashville's transformation over the past 20 years, I'd have to think long and hard to find someone more integral to it's success than Joseph Barker. In fact, I'm not sure I can.

Sean Wells

He says he's the property of Obi-Wan Kenobi, a resident of these parts. Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight the same as your father. I wish I'd known him.

Design Gods

Maggie Fleming

If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did, you will become an agent of evil. Our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing. If the Millennium Falcon went into light-speed.

Elastic Themes