Robin Schwartz, "Paris Greyhounds", 2010, from the series "Amelia’s World", lambda print, 20x24”

Robin Schwartz, “Paris Greyhounds”, 2010, from the series “Amelia’s World”, Lambda print, 20×24”

Robin Schwartz

My photographs explore animals and interspecies relationships. They are drawn from real journeys and enacted fables undertaken with my daughter Amelia in a world that we inhabit together with a variety of animals. My daughter and I share an affinity with the animal kingdom. During the past ten years, this photography project has given us the opportunity to access dream and to discover the extraordinary. The animals in my work are not represented as beastly, noble, or as props to illustrate human life, but rather as a part of our everyday world. We play out our fantasies and explore our eccentricities by creating a cultural space where animals not only co-exist with humans, but also interact as full partners.

Robin Schwartz (Hoboken, NJ), earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photograph from Pratt Institute in 1981. Robin’s work has been presented in festivals, galleries and museums nationally as well as internationally at venues including Getxo Photography Festival (Spain), Pool Gallery (Berlin, Germany), Spencer Brownstone Gallery, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art (both in NYC). Her photographs are held in several museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Aperture Foundation published Schwartz’s third monograph, Amelia’s World, edited by Tim Barber in 2008. She presented the Amelia series at The National Geographic’s Annual Photography Seminar in January 2012 in Washington D.C. and gave a Master Talk at LOOK3, the Charlottesville Photography Festival in June.