Robert Englebright


Robert Englebright

I was schooled in fine art photography and art history at the University of Illinois Chicago's School of Art & Design.  I worked in the production and management side of the commercial photography industry for 25 years as an assistant, producer and studio manager with some of the most accomplished advertising and editorial photographers in Chicago and New York.  During that time I also exhibited my work, ran a photography gallery focused on emerging artists, and took small assignment and commissioned work.
After it was discovered that I had non-hodgkins lymphoma (currently in remission) several years ago I decided to quit working for other photographers altogether and focus my energies solely on my own photography.   I have only recently begun to seek the exhibition, representation, and sale of my work.

My major areas of interest are street photography and portraiture.  There is an emphasis on what I find relating to man and his physical, sociological, and private environments; what we do, what we make, what we destroy, and what we leave behind.  A current body of work that has my attention is related to abstracting street photography by rendering everything out of focus.  


"Objects in front of the camera need not, and often do not, constitute the subject matter of a photograph" - Joel Snyder.

In this body of work I am abstracting scenes of figures in public settings. I am abstracting street photography. I don’t want it to be about the scene itself, but an essence of the scene I captured. These images are an exercise in reduction and emphasizing color; shape; positive and negative space; motion; and most importantly an emphasis on light. I am getting away from using the photograph as a record. I want it to be an interpretation of a moment not dependent upon detail: to evoke instead of explain. I like the ambiguity. The images are visual generalizations instead of detailed expositions. The postures, gestures, and attitudes of the figures within the frame assume greater significance. However vague the scene may be it is still important that the figures be grounded in an environment. Because of the importance of figures and light I am dependent on chance to capture both at just the right moment, setting my camera up in one spot and waiting. This dependence on serendipity is a characteristic of photography that I love so much.