Robert Herman’s Profile

Cartagena: A Waking Dream By Robert Herman
Cartagena: A Waking Dream
Whenever I am driven into an unfamiliar city, I consider it a special luxury. As a traveler as well as a photographer, I am free to look at whatever catches my eye and to revel in the sense of wonder I feel when seeing something new and unknown. Occasionally, the fatigue and discomfort that goes hand in hand with a long airplane flight will get the better of me, and yet I try not to take this unique moment for granted. As I always say, “You can only see something for...
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Does size matter? By Robert Herman
Does size matter?
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Princess By Robert Herman
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The New Yorkers By Robert Herman
The New Yorkers
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goodbye to frankie By Robert Herman
goodbye to frankie

Robert Herman has been a street photographer since his days as an NYU film student back in the late 70's. Using his father's Nikon F and a 50mm lens, he began by exploring the city as a means to connect with the people in his neighborhood and learn the craft of making images.  His photos of New York City, shot between 1978-2005 on Kodachrome, are now collected in his first monograph: The New Yorkers.

His work is part of the permanent collections of the George Eastman House and the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA. His photographs are also in many private collections including Westin and Marriott Hotels. In 2011, images from The New Yorkers were exhibited at the Istanbul Photography Museum.  Most recently, his solo exhibition "A Waking Dream," was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Cartagena, Columbia.

He has a BFA in Filmmaking from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received his Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His love of light and color, and making images that find the transcendent in the seemingly mundane, continues to this day.

Signed first edition copies of The New Yorkers are available from






My website:



Greenwich Village Historical Society - September 12, 2013


The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, NY September 29, 2013

New York Public Library - December 2013

A first edition, signed copy of The New Yorkers, my new book of Kodachrome street photography of NYC 1978=2005 is available from my website. Robert Herman 


School of Visual Arts Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography July 2009 

New York University Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film Production, Tisch School of the Arts, January 1979

Boston University 1973-1975


London Festival of Photography International Street Photography Award 2012 - shortlisted 

Fotovisura Grant  “Does size matter?” Honorable Mention, 2011 

ArtistsWanted/Exposure 50 Exceptional Photographers 2010

School of Visual Arts Innovation in Photography Award 2009

PX3 Prix  de la Photographie Paris  People’s Choice Award,

Fine Art Professional Book Proposal, 2nd Place, Paris, France, 2008

New York State Education Department, Small Business Grant, Brooklyn, NY, 2008

Alitlia Airlines, Alitalia per L’arte Rome, Italy 2007

Pike County Historical Society, “Slow Exposures” Juried Art Exhibition 1st Prize, Concord, GA, 2003


George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

Indie Photobook Library, Washington, DC

Marriott Hotels, San Antonio, TX

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens, NY

New York Presbyterian Medical Center, New York,  NY

Thomaston-Upson Arts Council Thomaston, GA

Westin Hotels and Resorts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 





Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena de Indias Cartagena, Columbia February 2013


Indiewalls: The Vinatta Project, New York, NY

Indiewalls:  It’s a “Hipsta” World The Bean, New York, NY 


Alitalia Airlines The Michelangelo Lounge JFK International Airport Queens, NY


Henry Gregg Gallery New York Landscapes of Robert Herman Brooklyn, NY  

Alitalia Airlines sala Borromini, Terminal B, Aeroporto “Leonardo da Vinci” Rome, Italy

Alitalia Airlines The Michelangelo Lounge JFK International Airport Queens, NY


Thomaston-Upson Arts Council, Thomaston, GA


Mercury Lounge 40 North x 73 West  Savannah, GA

McCaig-Welles Gallery Brooklyn, NY


Paul Weinschenk Gallery, Color Photographs, New York,  NY


Workbench, Solar Panels New York, NY

Workbench New York,  NY

Cooper Gallery Surface Tension, Jersey City, NJ


The Gallery Cafe at Mayer, Brown and Platt  New York, NY


Workbench New York, NY 


Belanthi Gallery Brooklyn, NY


Dance Space New York, NY




Greenwich Village Historical Society - September 2, 2013

The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, NY September 29, 2013

New York Public Library - December 2013

APA Lecture Series at the Apple Store, Soho, NY  June 18, 2013

Istanbul Photography Museum May 2012  

Soho Photo Salon February 2012



Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Wide Open 4, Juried by Carrie Springer, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn , NY 


Art in a Box at Masters and Pelvin Gallery Annual Holiday Party and Art Sale NY, NY 

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Electron Salon Los Angeles, CA

Cankaya Municipality Kara Gallery, New Yorker: Around the Urban Citizenship, Ankara, Turkey

Istanbul Photography Museum, New Yorker: Around the Urban Citizenship Concept,  Istanbul, Turkey 

Storefront for Art and Architecture 2012 SPRING BENEFIT, RED/READ, New York, NY


Curatenyc, Rush Art Gallery, New York, NY

Slideluck, Auction and Fundraiser, New York, NY 

Art Most Fierce – A Decade of Photography in the aftermath of 9/11 curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel, New York, NY


Slideluck  Auction and Fundraiser, New York, NY

Young Photographer’s Alliance, Auction and Awards Gala  New York, NY

Henry Gregg Gallery In the Zone, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Wide Open, Brooklyn, NY

Slideluck/Potshow, Western New York, Rochester, NY


VERGE NY ASMP Photographers for Haiti New York, NY 

Young Photographer’s Alliance, Auction New York, NY                 

School of Visual Arts Surface Tension New York, NY

Slideluck/Potshow SFII San Francisco, CA


ArtOBAMA An auction to raise funds for the Obama campaign organized by

David Konigsberg and Hovey Brock, Brooklyn, NY


Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Snap to Grid, Los Angeles, CA

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Feast for the Eyes, , Brooklyn, NY

Art Gotham Summer Thunder New York, NY

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Pier Show 14 Transformations, , Brooklyn, NY 


Art Gotham Visions Red  New York, NY

Art Gotham Contrast  New York, NY

Art Gotham Spring Blues New York, NY

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center Secret Affinities, Brooklyn, NY curated by James Pinney


Gallery Boreas, Winter Solstice II  Brooklyn, NY

Pike County Historical Society, Slow Exposures jurors: Corrinne Adams and Susan Todd-Raque

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, The Water Show, , Brooklyn, NY   

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition,  Pier Show 12, , Brooklyn, NY 


Pike County Historical Society, Slow Exposures Zebulon, GA jurors: Jan Fields, Pat Hankins

Pinnacle Gallery, Southern Exposures Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

The Red Gallery, Kaleidoscapes Savannah College of Art and Design: Savannah GA,

The Savannah Gallery Kaleidoscapes  Atlanta,  GA 

The Red Gallery Red on Red  Savannah College of Art and Design:, Savannah, GA

The Savannah Gallery Red on Red  Atlanta,  GA 


Brooklyn Waterfront Artists CoalitionSmall Works, Brooklyn, NY

New School England School of Art and Design, The 9/11 Project, curated  by Charles Guliano, Boston, MA

Diesel Gallery, The Water Show Brooklyn, NY

Diesel Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists CoalitionPier Show 10, , Brooklyn, NY

The Museum of Modern Art, Life of the City New York, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY    *(reviews)

The Satorialist  August 19, 2013

Lifeforce Magazine UK  August 2013

 acurator: Robert Herman: The New Yorkers  by Julie Grahame June 17, 2013

The New York Times: Lens: A View From Inner Turmoil by John Leland, June 13, 2013

CurbedNY: From Graffiti to Gentrification by Hana R. Alberts, May 31, 2013

The New Yorkers by Robert Herman, text by Sean Corcoran & Stella Kramer Proof Positive Press 2013   HC 8.5” x 11” 128 pages, w/ 88 color illustrations. ISBN: 978-0-615-73491-0

Lenscratch: Robert Herman: The New Yorkers November 1, 2012  

 Fotovisura Magazine: Visura Spotlight: Princess, September 12, 2012 fotovisura

 Istanbul Photography Museum: New Yorker Kent Vatandasligi/Around The Urban Citizenship Concept, Catalogue May 2012

 NPR Picture Show 100 Words: On Photographing The New Yorkers by Graham Letorney November 20, 2011

 The New Yorkers on kickstarter

 Pikto Top Artist of the Week, September 2011

Sanju Yesil Magazine, South Korea “Robert Herman, The New Yorkers” by Hye Ryoung Min, October 2011

 acurator: Robert Herman: A Road Trip South Africa, December 2010

 Esquire Russia July 9, 2010

 Stellazine “Robert Herman talks about The New Yorkers” May 27, 2010 Interview with Stella Kramer

featureshoot  April 6, 2010

Double Exposure - Interview with Robert Schaefer October 15, 2009

1000 Words Photography Magazine Blog - goodbye to frankie February 2, 2009

*Alitalia Ulise Rome, Italy Filippo Cellini, “Herman: Flash Sulla Vita” April 2008

*The Newark Star Ledger Newark, NJ, Dan Bischoff, “Gallery’s title couldn’t be more fitting” May 13, 2005

11211 Magazine Brooklyn, NY Kaia Monroe, "Curators Grow in Brooklyn" July-August 2004

*Savannah Morning News Savannah, GA Allison Hersh "SCAD photography exhibit on the  South" June 22, 2003

*Savannah Morning News Savannah, GA,  Allison Hersh  "Paint the town red” March 9.200

*Savannah Morning News Savannah, GA,  Allison Hersh New York, New York December 22,  2002 Review by Allison Hersh

11211 magazine Brooklyn, NY “Authenticity” Interview by Robin Ross Nov-Dec 2002

Coastal Arts and Antiques Savannah, GA, November 20, 2002

*NY Arts- Breuk Iversen, “The Hall of Art” New York, NY

NY 1 News Arts Segment  “ Life of the City “ exhibition Photograph featured during an Interview with Peter Galessi, Curator of the Department of Photography, MoMA March 22, 2002

Brooklyn Information and Culture A Place Called Brooklyn: Literary and Photographic Interpretations-2002

 The Holland Tunnel Gallery Brooklyn, NY, 100, Exhibition Catalogue

*The  Newark Star Ledger  Mitchell Seidel, “For this shooter, it’s all in the details January 7, 1998

Portfolio and References available upon request








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