Presented by Continuing Education and CE Photography and Video

Housebound Photo Hunt

May 12, 2021; 6:30 - 8:00pm
Photo of a wooden kitchen in a doll house, including table and four chairs, an oven, a cabinet and some other background furniture

The investigation of private rooms and spaces has been of interest to photographers since the invention of the medium. Due to the pandemic, photographers around the globe have turned inward, examining their personal and objective experiences of house and home in greater detail; and the emotional and physical sensations that affect us daily while “just living our lives.”


Join photographer and SVA Continuing Education (SVACE) faculty member Saul Robbins for an evening of examples and discussions of real-time shooting assignments and relevant personal work meant to inspire new ways of making photographs while being housebound in these challenging times. Register here to get a Zoom link.


Participants are invited to make work prior to the evening from a short list of prompts and on their own, to explore the visual richness and challenges in their living environments. This event will be devoted to short shooting assignments, viewing and discussing participants’ work and stimulating new insights into the subject of being housebound during COVID-19.


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.


Moderated by Saul Robins, visual artist


SVACE Course: Photographing Place


Study with Saul Robbins this summer. Courses begin on June 7.


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 he and his son’s lives constantly influence and interrupt each other.


Robbins’ work has been exhibited and published internationally and he is represented by Artfare, Kourosh Mahboubian Fine Art and www.saulrobbins.com. 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