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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Exploring the animal world through her lenses | In conversation with Robin Schwartz

INTERVIEWED BY KG SREENIVAS | CAPTURED BY KASHIF ALI & SAGAR THAMMINEDI | DIRECTED & EDITED BY ARCHI SAXENA

“Photographing animals and the people that are devoted to animals is what I have always cared about and the driving force in all my work. Photography and animals are my passport to each other. I see animals as my spiritual connection; my religion; my vice; my addiction. Animals calm me; comfort me – they save me. ” Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in photography with her photographs in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum and the  Bibliothéque Nationale, France, among others. Currently, Schwartz is a Professor in Photography at William Paterson University of New Jersey and has taught at The International Center for Photography, New York City.

One of Robin’s most prominent work has been, The Amelia and the Animals. All the photographs are captured from her journey with her daughter exploring the inter species world that we inhabit with animals, of all varieties, over the past thirteen years, through 2016.

She’s a two-time recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant and was a short-listed finalist at the Hyeres Festival de Photographie 2010, France.

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