Saul Robbins: Initial Intake
March 7 - April 26, 2009
Curated by Lucy Van Sands Seeburg
In this exhibition, New York based photographer Saul Robbins takes us into a fascinating examination of the chair and office surroundings of New York based psychotherapists from the point of view of their clients. For many, the role of the psychotherapist holds significant weight, and the importance given to her / him is one of profound influence in many people’s lives. By examining the empty therapist’s chair, Robbins’ viewers are encouraged to consider both the personality inherent in each image and the place of power it holds, quite literally, across from the client, on a regular basis.
Robbin’s explains, “This work stems from a life-long interest in psychology. My immediate family is made up of psychotherapists and my own interest in self-inquiry and self-understanding has always leaned towards the intra and inter-personal. My interest in the dynamic process of self-discovery has found that the camera and photograph continue to provide an accessible and appropriate venue for my exploration and expression of my ideas. The results reveal a deep desire to better understand and communicate with others and the world in which we live.”
Bolinas has been a part of Saul Robbins life since he was ten years old. His parents, Joan Hamerman Robbins and Bill Robbins who are both psychotherapists, have had a house in Bolinas since 1972. He was married in his parents Bolinas garden six years ago and he and his wife frequently visit Bolinas from their home in New York City. Bolinas provides them with the time to reflect on their lives and work, and to spend time with his family with whom they are extremely close.
Robbins received his MFA from Hunter College. His photographic work is exhibited throughout the United States and Germany and has appeared in many national publications including The New York Times, TAD, The CPW Photographic Quarterly, Zeek, Wired Magazine, San Francisco Photo Metro and the Berlin Tagesspiegel. His work has earned him numerous awards and grants, he has served as curator for special projects and currently teaches at Pratt Institute and the International Center of Photograph, New York City.