“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’s photographs are in the permanent 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; Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, France; National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, England; and The Museum Folkwang, Germany, among others.
A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography, Schwartz was also was one of the ten at the Hyeres Festival de Photographie 2010, France; a two-time recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant; and a Ford Foundation Individual Artist Grant as a graduate student at Pratt Institute.
The Aperture Foundation published Schwartz’s fourth monograph is Amelia and the Animals, sited by Time LIGHTBOX as one of the Best Fall Books of 2014. Schwartz’s earlier books are Amelia’s World, 2008 Aperture; LIKE US: Primate Portraits, 1993 W.W. Norton & Co.; and Dog Watching, 1995, Takarajima Books.
Schwartz’s photographs have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Time Lightbox, The New Yorker, Oprah, Stern, Telegraph, The Guardian and the books: Photography Speaks: 150 Photographers on their Art, Aperture, and The Chrysler Museum, 1995 and 2004. Schwartz created and edited National Geographic Magazine’s Your Shot assignment: “The Animals We Love,” and, based on this assignment wrote a chapter in the National Geographic book, Getting Your Shot, 2015.
Schwartz has presented Master Talks at the National Geographic Magazine Seminar, LOOK3: The Festival of the Photograph, The Eddie Adams Workshop, the Aperture Foundation, FotoDC Week and The Chrysler Museum of Art.
Schwartz is an Associate Professor in Photography at William Paterson University of New Jersey and has taught at The International Center for Photography, New York and earned an MFA in Photography at Pratt Institute.