Saul Robbins

Initial Intake examines the chairs and office surroundings of Manhattan-based psychotherapy professionals from the point of view of their clients. From this vantage point I wish to reference the perceptions, associations, and responses to this very private environment, and the work that takes place there.

For many, the role of the psychotherapist holds significant weight, and the importance given to him / her is one of profound influence in many of our lives. Viewers are encouraged to consider the inherent personality in each of these environments, and the place of power being held, quite literally, across from them, on a regular basis. I am particularly interested in the existence of a dyadic relationship between practitioner and client, one not always considered in traditional modalities of treatment.

My immediate family is made up of psychotherapists and this work stems from the belief that long-term challenges can be resolved by examining patterns in personal and familial history. The series grew directly out of my response to one particular therapeutic relationship, and the necessity of questioning the efficacy and treatment of working with that practitioner.

* While photographing in psychotherapists' offices I became intrigued by many of the details surrounding their chairs.

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