I’ve been really lucky re wonderful
2013: Thanks to the support of the Art Production Fund, I did my installation/performance/ photo piece Body Imaging in the P3 Studio of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas < link >. For documentation on the installation go to < link >. For press check out Sonya Padgett’s “Picture Imperfect: Up Close & Personal,” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal < link >; Las Vegas City Life’s two articles: Jenessa Kenway’s “Body Shot,” < link > and “Abby Robinson Presents Body Imaging,” < link >; and the two in Las Vegas Weekly: Kristen Peterson’s “New York Photographer Abby Robinson Examines Your Body Parts at Cosmo’s P3Studio,” < link > and “Examination Room: Robinson turns P3 into a physical photography study < link >. 2008: A residency at Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing < link > which helped enormously in familiarizing me with the art scene in China and in setting up my Shanghai Photography Workshop. Other residencies through the years: The Virginia Center for The Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA; Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; and the Macdowell Colony, Peterborough, NH. Light Work in Syracuse, NY has been offering photographic residencies since 1973. Two of my photos were featured on the front of its publication Contact Sheet < link >. For Light Work’s illustrious history: < link >
at the School of Visual Arts in both the BFA Photo Department (Freshman Workshop Go Shoot Yourself, a class in self-portraiture, and an exploration of visual humor) and in the BFA Graphic Design and Advertising Department (Digital Photography for Designers). And I run, under the aegis of SVA’s Arts Abroad program, the summer Shanghai Photography Workshop < link >
Good intros to my work can be found @ Meet a NYFA Artist, < link > and a radio interview at FotoFest < link >.
are listed in the Bio section. But my much appreciated American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS) fellowship needs a bit of explication. During my 2004 and 2005 visits, I photographed various aspects of the Sri Lankan film industry, chronicling Sinhalese, Tamil and Hindi films being made at the time as well as traveling all over the island shooting theaters and movie signage. Some pictures became part of my In Camera series (images of now defunct photo studios that used painted backdrops). This material was utilized in talks at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, the Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, WI, to members of Bread and Roses (part of Union 1199) in NYC, to art students at Sabançi University in Istanbul; and to journalism students at West Virginia University < link >. Oh, An article appeared in The Hindu while I was in India on my Fulbright grant < link >.
My work has been posted in a number of
sites: The In Camera series appeared in “Photo Finish,” in Rangefinder Magazine < link >), 180 Magazine < link > and in “Mise en Scene,” Photo District News Photo of the Day < link >. Photos were also featured in the Delhi-based magazine PIX in The Sri Lankan Issue: Metamorphosis which was launched—accompanied by an exhibition—at the Harold Pieris Gallery/Lionel Wendt Centre in Colombo. My image was on both the invitation and the magazine cover. The publication was launched again in Delhi in conjunction with an exhibition, at the Goethe Institute. You can see and download the issue at < link > Blog 591 has been a big supporter of my work, highlighting pictures from Body Imaging, In Camera, and AutoWorks. It also ran photos in its Beach Days compilation < link >.
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, I’ve done a number of articles for the Trans-Asia Photography Review (TAP): For vol. 1, no. 1, a piece on Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing (where I did a residency in 2008) < link >; in vol.1, no 2, an interview with Rahaab Allana, the curator of the New Delhi-based Alkazi Foundation of the Arts < link > and in vol. 4, no. 2, my curatorial project, “Tickled: Photography and Humor, < link >. About TAP < link > In Photo District News (PDN): You can find a detailed description of my Asian travels in my tripartite blog “A Tale of Three Cities” in). The 9/4 entry reports on my time in Seoul, 9/20 features Saigon, and both 10/4 and 10/12 deal with Shanghai < link >. Then there’s an article on Dotphotozine < link > and two book reviews: “The Color of Hay: The Peasants of Maramures,” in PDNedu < link > and “Photographing Childhood: The Image and The Memory,” put out through its ASMP Bulletin < link >.
Photographer David Carol asked me to edit his first book, 40 Miles of Bad Road, and it won the Photo District News Book of the Year award in 2004 file://localhost/< link >.