“It’s been exciting to watch Paul’s photographic journey, through the black and white stark images of his earlier work, into the more and more abstract and dreamlike color cityscapes and triptychs that came later, and then on further, still evolving, to watch him find his own distinct photographic eye.”

Sydney Pollack, Academy Award winner
Infinite Possibilities
Infinite Possibilities
Paul Robinson Portrait

Paul Robinson is a photography based, mixed media contemporary artist located in Los Angeles who regularly works and exhibits in London, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles and has been collected throughout the United States, Europe Asia, and the Middle East. His images are a unique and sometimes whimsical blend of story and image, usually layering or juxtaposing people and their surroundings.

About

Paul's Story

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.”

Never ceasing to create art that is ground-breaking and thought-provoking, Paul Robinson continues to stand as a beacon of innovation and creativity for art enthusiasts across the globe.

Petit Riviere
Petit Riviere

"As I was prepping for my interview with Paul Robinson, I spent a lot of time poring over both his past and present works, as I was struck by his remarkably innovative approach to photography as a medium."
Planet Notion

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"Fine art photography is becoming more experimental and innovative. At the forefront is photographer Paul Robinson, who has created a technique mixing old style developing with paint, spontaneity and a touch of serendipity. The results are stunning."

Culture Compass

Artist Statement

As much as I love photography, over the years I’ve found myself drawn more and more to painters as well as photographers as my inspiration. The incredible works of Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier Bresson and Guy Bordin that inspired me to be a photographer in the first place, were now joined by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy, Francis Bacon, Otto Dix and Adrian Ghenie to name a few. For the most part, in its traditional form, photography was no longer sustaining me creatively. Over time, the clear sharpness I used to strive for in a single image was replaced by a far more abstract, layered and sometimes distressed 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.

In my series “In Camera” I used a very structured technique of multiple exposures on film. In my next series, “Transparent”, I came out of the camera and layered by hand individual transparencies on top of each other, reshooting them each time I added a layer. My technique in my next body of work, “Redacted”, became a form of editing in which multiple images, text and other media that I created, combined and altered to make them into a single work. I feel I pushed the “Transparent” process even further by alternating between front lighting and back lighting the images each time they are reshot. The incorporation of text is more prevalent in Redacted as well. I’ve always been fascinated not only by the lyrics of favorite songs or familiar lines of great poetry, but also by the visual esthetics of the words themselves completely separate of their meaning. I often intertwine my own poetry or thoughts into an image as well.

In “Redacted” as well as “In Camera” and “Transparent”, the two things that inspired me the most were favorite cities and favorite models. The models were especially important in “Redacted” as it is more heavily portrait driven than the other two series. 99% of the models are very close friends that I have worked with extensively over the years, which for me is essential to conveying the message or story that I am trying to tell. The human element in each image I would say is the driving force. That being said, without my love for travel and cities, none of the images in “Redacted”, “Transparent” or “In Camera” would exist.

In my current series, “The individual”, I feel I have finally successfully merged my two inspirations, photography and painting, as this is the first time that paint has played a prominent role in any of my series.

Each image in this series was imagined as its own story and therefore the creative process was unique to each. Sometimes the painting was created to reflect the emotion of the individual and sometimes the individual was chosen to reflect the emotion of the painting. Lighting, texture and color were equally imperative in constructing the narrative, hence the diverse characteristics of each painting. But the most important element was the marriage of the individual to their surroundings.