Presented by Continuing Education and CE Photography and Video

Housebound Photo Hunt

Jan 13, 2021; 6:30 - 8:00pm
Photo of a room with a red chair that has a floral pillow placed on it.  The chair is surrounded by bookshelves on the right and left, a plant and a wall and bottom of a window in the background.
Credit: Saul Robbins

The investigation of private rooms and spaces has been of interest to photographers since its invention. Due to the pandemic, photographers around the globe have been turning inward, examining their personal and objective experiences about house and home, and the emotional and physical sensations we have daily while “just living our lives.”

Join photographer and SVA Continuing Education faculty member Saul Robbins for a discussion, featuring examples and a hands-on shooting assignment that is designed to inspire new ways of making photographs while being housebound in these challenging times.

Supplies: Guests are encouraged to bring a pen or pencil and paper to take notes, a digital camera or mobile phone for making images, and an Instagram account should they wish to upload images for discussion.

SVACE Course: Photographing Place

Study with Saul Robbins this spring. Courses begin on January 25, 2020.

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 personal history and traditional photographic materials. 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. Since 2012 he has created several series of abstract “photographic drawings” and sculptures made from physically altered chromogenic paper in response to his desire and struggles to start a family, including “Where’s My Happy Ending?,” “Chemical Peels,” and “Fertile Gestures.” Most recently, as the father of a young son, Robbins has started to capture the many ways in which his and his son’s lives constantly influence and interrupt each other.

Robbins′ work has been exhibited and published internationally and is represented by Artfare, Kourosh Mahboubian Fine Art, and He received his MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he studied under Roy DeCarava. He is an adjunct professor of photography at the International Center of Photography, NYFA, and SVA, and consults privately and leads master workshops internationally about communication and professional development.

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Free and open to the public