Saul Robbins

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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, unity, failure, and the latent potential residing in traditional photographic materials and personal history. Robbins is best known for “Initial Intake”, which examines the empty chairs of Manhattan-based psychotherapy professionals from their clients’ perspective, and “How Can I Help? – An Artful Dialogue”, a pop-up office into which he invites strangers to speak with him about anything they wish for free, and in complete confidence.

Exhibitions include Bolinas Museum, Blue Sky Gallery, chashama, Center for Fine Art Photography, Center for Photography at Woodstock, CurateNYC, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Haus at NYU, Dummy, Griffin Museum, Harvard Business Review, Humble Arts, ICP, Mass General Hospital, MICA, Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, Jinju International Photography Festival, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Ost Gallery, Moscow, Pelican Bomb Gallery X, Photoville, Portland Art Museum, Philoctetes Center, Rayko Photo, Wellin Museum of Art, and others. Publications include Aufbau, Berlin Tagesspiegel, CPW Quarterly, D – La Repubblica, The Daily Mail, DART, Diffusion, Dummy, Feature Shoot, Internazionalle, The Literate Lens, Love Issue, More, The Commercial Appeal, The New York Times, The New Orleans Advocate, The New Yorker, Real Simple, Slate, Teremoto, Wired, and others. Grants and awards include chashama Windows Award, Clarence John Laughlin Award (Finalist) The Covenant Foundation, Sheri Sandler and Reba Sandler Foundation, Sony World Photography Awards (Finalist), AJPA Rockower, Gunk Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Curatorial projects include OFF-Festival, Bratislava (2015), Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah (2010), Regarding Intimacy (2007), and No Live Girls, Peep Show 28 (2002).

Robbins received his MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he studied under Roy DeCarava. He is Professor of Photography at NYFA, ICP, and SVA, consults privately, and has lead Master Workshops about communication strategies and professional development around the globe. His work can be viewed at: and @Saul.Robbins on Instagram.