All about me 2019
Born and raised in NYC, Robert A. Ripps has been taking pictures for longer than he would care to admit.
He finds the unexpected in the commonplace, creating humanistic images that capture a personal moment in time. A theme that runs throughout his personal work is how human civilization and nature interact.He has won awards from both the PDN Photo/Design Awards, and the PDN/Nikon Self Promotion Awards, in addition to receiving a film grant from the Polaroid Corporation.
Robert has exhibited his work nationally, and his stock images have been licensed world-wide, where they have been used by a wide range of companies including Adobe, Air Canada, American Express, Bath & Body Works, Bloomberg LLP, British Airways, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Fuji, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Newsweek, Prudential, Random House, Life Magazine, Sakura Bank and Takashamaya, among others.
His latest personal project, Negativityness, is a response to the political climate in our country right now- everything seems to be about negativity, about division, about what is truth (and what is inarguable false, yet touted as truth). It is about how the surface of things can be 180 degrees opposite from what is underneath, it is about falsehoods and unseen influence. It is about discordance, about disorientation, about a world turned upside down and inside out.
Urban Trees, Robert’s first monograph, is available on Blurb, and attempts to answer the question, How does a tree grow in Brooklyn, or in other cities, where people and concrete are constantly encroaching?
In 2009, his first book She’s Out There! The Next Generation of Presidential Candidates was published, featuring portraits of 35 young future female leaders of America, taken in distinct locations throughout the United States. The book examined the lives, visions and political ambitions of a diverse cross section of American women between the ages of 5 and 35, through personal essays and environmental portraits of the subjects.
A longtime member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), he has served on the Board of the NY Chapter. Robert is also a long standing member of APA (American Photographic Artists), where he was on the NY board for many years, before serving as a National Vice President for four years.
When not traveling around the globe for business and pleasure, or seeking out new and exotic pork dishes, he resides in lower Manhattan, sometimes with his sons, Max and Oliver, who are now old enough to be totally embarrassed by any mention of them. Robert has so far managed to avoid adopting any pets or visiting Disneyland.