Robinson began his journey as a self-taught fashion photographer in Paris. After carving out a name for himself within that community, Paul then parlayed his work shooting celebrity lifestyle portraits which were featured in some of the market’s top magazines including Details, Detour, Elle, Interview, Flaunt, George, Live, Out, House & Garden, and Architectural Digest. Robinson quickly became recognized as a talented celebrity photographer with an illustrious client roster that includes Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Tilly, Catherine Keener, Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King, Melissa Etheridge, Noah Wyle, The Beastie Boys, and Dermot Mulroney, among others.
Robinson knew that this endeavor was temporary since he was leaning towards fine art photography and was yearning to explore his passion in that field. He had his first exhibition, Voyeur, which combined a varied collection of provocative celebrity black and white photos with intimate moments of legendary jazz musicians. As a natural progression, his images became increasingly more narrative and abstract as he strived to expand the boundaries of photography while maintaining the emotion in moments, figurative or abstract.
Robinson says, “the clear sharpness I used to strive for in a single image was replaced by a far more abstract, layered and sometimes blurred image. I was constantly trying to push the medium and incorporate others. I began to explore different processes and ways to layer several images without turning to digital manipulation. The series In Camera, Transparent and Redacted were all born from a growing fascination with abstraction.” Over time, Robinson’s work evolved even further, and he introduced paint to the process, creating a seamless hybrid of photography and painting in his series The Individual. Exploring increasingly provocative themes, each piece is passionate and imagined as its own story, creating one-of-a-kind and ground-breaking art.
Never ceasing to create art that is disruptive, cutting edge and thought-provoking, Paul Robinson continues to stand as a beacon of innovation and creativity for art enthusiasts across the globe.