Robert Herman was born in Brooklyn, New York. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA, the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, as well as in many private collections, including Westin Hotel and Resorts, Marriott Hotels, and the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Winner of a PX3 Prix de la Photographie People's Choice Award and the Alitalia per L'Arte, Rome, Herman is represented by Win-Initative and Glasshouse Images in New York City. His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States including the Museum of Modern Art, the Savannah College of Art & Design, the Howard Yerzersky Gallery in Boston and the Rotunda Gallery. Formerly a production still photographer on independent feature films, he has also worked for such commercial clients as Citibank and Workbench. He has a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Picture Professionals. He is currently working on a soon to be published collection of his street photography, The New Yorkers.
Herman grew up on Long Island. At the age of twelve, he began working as an usher in the chain of cinemas owned by his parents. Exposure to such a wide range of films during his formative years provided him with a unique vision: “Working for my father allowed me to view the same movie repeatedly,” he recalls, “until the story line began to recede and the images became independent of the narrative." Several years later, as a student at New York University Film School, Herman began crafting this vision by creating experimental narrative and documentary films. At this time he also started to include the study of still photography in his repertoire by cataloging New York street life with his camera. As a production still photographer on independent feature films, Herman discovered the life at the periphery of film locations, which he found even more compelling than the actual film sets. In Herman’s bold use of light and composition, he effectively transforms everyday subject matter into vibrant, emotion-filled images.