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Saul Robbins

Bio + CV

Saul Robbins is interested in the ways people interact within their surroundings, and the psychological dynamics of intimacy. His photographs are motivated by observations of human behavior and personal experience, especially those related to loss and the desire for unification. He is best known for the series Initial Intake, which examines the empty chairs of Manhattan-based psychotherapy professionals from their clients’ perspective, referencing viewers perceptions, associations, and responses to this very private environment and the work that takes place there. In 2012, Robbins created How Can I Help? – An Artful Dialogue, in which he invited passersby to speak with himself or other artists about anything they wish for free and in complete confidence, in a pop-up office / exhibition environment in Midtown Manhattan. This September How Can I Help? – An Artful Dialogue will return to New York City as part of Photoville, 2014.

Exhibitions include The Bolinas Museum, Blue Sky Gallery, Deutsche Haus at NYU, chashama (Windows Installation), Griffin Museum, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO, Lilac Arts, MASQUELIBROS Artist Book Fair, Massachusetts General Hospital, MICA, Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Ost Gallery, Moscow, Portland Art Museum, The Educational Alliance, Philoctetes Center, Skirball Center, Mark Woolley Gallery, White Gallery (PSU), and others. His photographs have been published in Aufbau, Berlin Tagesspiegel, CPW Quarterly, D - La Repubblica, More, The New York Times, Real Simple, TAM, and Wired, among others.

Grants and awards include The Covenant Foundation Ignition Grant, Sony World Photography Awards (Finalist), AJPA Rockower, Gunk Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Curatorial projects include Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah (2010), Regarding Intimacy (2007), and No Live Girls, Peep Show 28 (2002). Robbins was awarded a NICA Stipendium from Berlin's Hoch Schule der Kunste in 1998, and received his MFA from Hunter College (CUNY) in 1999, where he studied with Roy DeCarava, Mark Feldstein, Juan Sanchez, and Thomas Weaver. He teaches photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City and has been leading Master Workshops in Europe and South America, most recently about marketing and self-promotion for photographers.

EDUCATION:

1999   M.F.A. in Photography; Hunter College of the City University of New York
1998   Exchange Student, NICA Stipendium; Der Hoch Schule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
1987   BA and 5th Year Certificate in Art; UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2015   Aquatic Interlude, Busters, NY, NY
2015   Initial Intake, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO Festival, Tbilisi, GE
2014   How Can I Help? - An Artful Dialogue, Photoville; Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY
2013   Initial Intake, Griffin Museum; Stoneham, MA
2012   How Can I Help? - An Artful Dialogue; chashama Windows, New York, NY
2009   Initial Intake; Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA
2007   Initial Intake; Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2006   This Life So Far; White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2004   This Life So Far; Sepia, Brooklyn, NY
2004   This Life So Far; Makor Center for Jewish Life, New York, NY
2002   Roadside Distractions; The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
2002   Roadside Distractions; Yaffee Ruden, New York, NY
2001   New York; Westchester Institute, White Plains, NY
1999   New Perspectives: The View from Berlin; Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York, NY
1999   MFA Thesis Show; Hunter College, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015   Lilac Arts, Lilac Tugboat, Pier 25, New York, NY
2015   Imaging Now, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
2014   Clarence John Laughlin Awards (Finalist), New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
2013   CurateNYC - Elisa Contemporary Art and Rush Arts Gallery, New York City
2013   A Sense of Place, Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
2013   One-of-a-Kind, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
2013   MASQUELIBROS Artist Book Fair, Madrid, Spain
2012   Oddworks, New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
2012   MASQUELIBROS Artist Book Fair, Madrid, Spain
2012   Under Cover, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2011   Dreams and Realities of Daily Life, Arts Connects, SNAP, Queens, NY
2010   Colored Glasses, Da Gallery, New York, NY
2009   BEYOND PLACE: Recent Photography Acquisitions, Portland Art Museum; Portland, OR
2009   Photo Forum 2009, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2009   Nature / Nurture; Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
2009   What Surrounds Us: Finding and Making Home; The Educational Alliance, New York, NY
2008   Terrors and Pleasures; Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
2008   Gift; Union Gallery, New York, NY
2008   The Architecture of Emotion; Philoctetes Center for Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination, New York, NY
2008   Illuminations (5th Anniversary); Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
2008   Faculty Show; International Center of Photography
2007   Home for the Holidays; Wallspace, Seattle, WA
2007   Faculty Show; International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2006   Resonance; Photographic Center North West, Seattle, WA (Honorable Mention)
2006   Illuminations; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
2006   The Chair Show; Mana Fine Art, Jersey City, NJ
2006   At Play; Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
2005   Top Drawer; The Matzo Files, New York, NY
2005   One Foot After Another; Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland OR
2002   Peepshow 28; The Lusty Lady, San Francisco and Seattle
2002   The Camera Club of New York; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
2002   The Text still Speaks; Skirball Center at Temple Emanu-El, New York, NY
2000   PHOTOWORK Y2K; Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
1998   FOTOPIA; Der Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
1998   Par Avion; Hunter College, New York, NY

PUBLICATIONS:

2015   Show & Tell, A Night of Story Telling curated by Florence Montmare, Roger Smith Hotel, New York, NY; February 18, 2015
2015   "Emerging Photographers Stretch Medium" Frederick Koeppel reviews Where's My Happy Ending?; Commercial Appeal; Memphis, TN
2015   Art Therapy” Sarah Coleman reviews How Can I Help? - An Artful Dialogue at Photoville,for The Literate Lens
2013   A Sense of Place, Exhibition Catalogue; The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art
2013   Psiquifotos, Imagenes de la Psiquiatria. Primera consulta, # 258; 27 June, Bilbao, Spain
2013   The Daily Mail, Interview with James Nye; 26-May
2013   Slate.com, Interview with David Rosenberg; 23-May
2013   Love Issue, Issue #8; Bucharest, Romania
2013   Initial Intake, Exhibition Catalogue; Griffin Museum
2013   Le Monde Diplomatique - Magyar Kiadas, Anna Adam, Budapest; 7-February
2013   DART, Saul Robbins Initial Intake, Peggy Roalf, New York, NY; 30-January
2012   D - La Repubblica; November; Milano, Italy
2012   Interview with János Palotai, Mai Mano House. November. Budapest, HU
2012   DART, Design Arts Daily, Peggy Roalf, New York, NY, 11-October
2012   The End of Privacy, Andrea Appleton; City Paper, Baltimore, MD, 1-February
2012   Take Cover Now: Privacy and Shelter Reconsidered; Katie Johnson; Exhibition Catalogue, MICA
2012   On Time, CBS Baltimore Television, January 2
2012   Impressions of Psychotherapists' Offices: Do Therapists and Clients Agree? ; Drs. Ann Devlin & Jack Nasar;
          Professional Psychology: Research & Practice
2011   Impressions of Psychotherapists' Offices; Drs. J. Nasar and A. Devlin; Journal of Counseling Psychology;
          Vol 58(3), July 2011; [310-320]
2011   Looking Back; www.grzegorzstefanski.blogspot.com/
2011   More Magazine, Canada, Summer Issue
2011   Interview: Agnes Bojte, Svenk Radio Q 99.5; Budapest, Hungary; June, 2011
2011   Interview: Katarzyne Majak, Fotopolis Magazine, May, 2011
2011   Conveyor Arts Magazine; - Issue One, Curiosities. Group Show; Undressing the World
2010   Interview with Misako Oba, PhotoAnnual2011, News from Abroad.
2010   Photography Now #98; (Curated by Jen Bekman); Center for Photography at Woodstock
2010   Interview: National Public Radio, March 29, 2010
2010   Real Simple, August Issue
2009   More Magazine, March Issue
2009   Blue Sky Annual
2008   Journal of the Philoctetes Center For The Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination; Vol. 2, No. 2
2009   House & Home, The New York Times, 6-March
2007   Daily Life - First Thursday, Portland Tribune, 30-October; Joseph Gallivan
2007   Sh'ma, NiSh'ma, October
2007   The Oregonian, 16-April; Brian Libby
2007   Regarding Intimacy, Exhibition Catalogue, March
2006   Arts and Letters, The Jewish Review (Portland, OR) 27-January; Jenn Knudsen
2005   New York Issue, TAM Magazine, October
2005   In Light, #91; Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
2005   Zeek Magazine, Spring and Fall
2005   Shots Magazine, Summer
2005   fstopmagazine.com, Cover, #9
2004   Shots Magazine, Winter
2004   Zeek Magazine, Cover Image, Fall/Winter
2004   Journal of Jewish Studies, Queens College, Vol Vl
2002   Porn in the USA, San Francisco Examiner, 20-February
2002   Interview with Wired Magazine, 20-January
2002   Continuum, Selections from The Camera Club of New York
1999   Aufbau,Volume LXV, No.9
1998   Berlin Tagesspiegel, 21-July

GRANTS + AWARDS:

2015   US Embassy, Tbilisi, Georgia - To attend the KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO Festival
2013   Finalist, Clarence John Laughlin Award; New Orleans Photo Alliance
2012   chashama Windows Space
2009   Covenant Foundation, Ignition Grant; Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah
2009   Sony World Photography Awards: Finalist; Conceptual & Constructed
2008   AJPA Rockower Noah Bee Award for Excellence in Illustration
2008   First place, Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility
2002   New York Foundation for the Arts - Artists in the Schools Community Implementation Grant
2002   The Gunk Foundation
2002   For Peepshow 28, A No Live Girls Production, Short artists' videos in peep booths, The Lusty Lady, San Francisco and Seattle
2001   New York Foundation for the Arts - Artists in the Schools Community Implementation Grant

COLLECTIONS:

Alliance Capital; Permanent Collections, New York City
Hunter College; Presidential Acquisition Award
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Private Collections

CURATORIAL PROJECTS:

2015   Intervening Histories, OFF_Festival, Bratislava
2010   Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah, Skirball Center at Temple Emanu-El, New York, NY
2007   Regarding Intimacy; Hunter College, Leubsdorf Gallery, New York, NY
2002   Peepshow 28, The Lusty Lady; San Francisco and Seattle
1998   Par Avion; Hunter College, New York, NY

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: (Selected)

St John’s, Queens, NY; Adjunct Professor of Photography - Fall, 2015
International Center of Photography, New York, NY; Adjunct Professor of Photography - 1996-Present:
Pratt Institute, New York, NY; Adjunct Professor of Photography - 2008-2012
Guest Lecturer, Visiting Professor, Consultant, Portfolio Reviewer - Ongoing
Colombia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, and The United States

For the past 4 years I have been teaching and consulting with artists and photographers in Europe and Latin America at photography festivals, public and private universities and institutions, and privately. I have been presenting a wide range of courses and materials, from multi-day master workshops about communication and professional development or thematic approaches to making better photographs, to portfolio reviews and presentations about my artwork and professional practice.