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Robert Herman has been a street photographer since his days as an NYU film student in the late 70’s.

He is the author of two monographs: The New Yorkers (Proof Positive Press), is a collection of his New York City photographs shot on Kodachrome between 1978-2005. His second monograph, The Phone Book (Schiffer Books 2015), is Herman’s collection of iPhone photographs made using the Hipstamatic App’s square format while traveling across the world. The Phone Book was chosen as one of the best photography books of 2015 by Elizabeth Avedon.

His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of the City of New York, The George Eastman House, The Telfair Museum in Savannah GA and the Mario Franco Archives/Casa Morra Foundation in Naples, Italy.

His recent solo exhibition "The Yellow Truck," at the Mario Franco Archives at Casa Morra, was a behind the scenes look at the making of a "B" movie in 1982.

In 2015, Herman’s photographs from The New Yorkers were the subject of a solo exhibition at the Amerika Haus in Munich, Germany.

Herman's work has been featured in The New York Times, Lens Culture and many other publications. He has a Masters from the School of Visual Arts in Digital Photography and a BFA in Filmmaking from New York University.


  • Creative Capital/LMCC Artists Summer Institute, 2013
  • School of Visual Arts Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography July 2009
  • New York University B.F.A. Film Production, School of the Arts, January 1979
  • Boston University 1973-1975


  • The Phone Book, Schiffer Publishing Ltd. October 2015. Foreword by Mary Ann Lynch ISBN: 978-0764349881
  • The New Yorkers, Proof Positive Press, March 2013 Text by Sean Corcoran & Stella Kramer Proof Positive Press, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-615-73491-0
  • Sylvie Went Shopping 2009
  • Goodbye to Frankie, 2008



  • Mario Franco Cinema Archive/Casa Morra Museum Naples, Italy
  • George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
  • Museum of the City of New York, NY
  • Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

BOOKS (selected permanent collections)

  • Columbia University
  • International Center of Photography, New York, NY
  • Indie Photobook Library
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Skidmore College
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Southern California



  • Mario Franco Cinema Archive Casa Morra Museum The Yellow Truck, Cinema in the Mirror Naples, Italy March 2018


  • Magazzini Fotografici The New Yorkers Naples, Italy April 2016


  • Lo.Ft Gallery The Phone Book, Lecce, Italy Dec 2015
  • AmerikaHaus, The New Yorkers, Munich, Germany October 2015
  • Bitume International Photography Festival, The New Yorkers Gallipoli, Italy September, 2015


  • Cartagena Museum of Modern Art, A Waking Dream Cartagena, Columbia


  • Henry Gregg Gallery New York Landscapes of Robert Herman Brooklyn, NY
  • Alitalia Airlines sala Borromini, Terminal B, Aeroporto “Leonardo da Vinci” Rome, Italy traveling to The Michelangelo Lounge JFK International Airport Queens, NY


  • Mercury Lounge 40 North x 73 West Savannah, GA
  • McCaig-Welles Gallery Brooklyn, NY


  • Paul Weinschenk Gallery Color Photographs New York, NY


  • Workbench Solar Panels New York, NY


  • Cooper Gallery Surface Tension Jersey City, NJ


  • Workbench New York, NY


  • Belanthi Gallery Brooklyn, NY


  • Dance Space New York, NY



  • Umbrella Arts Let There Be Light (and Shadow) Juried by Harvey Stein New York, NY


  • Texas Photographic Society Members Only Show 30 3rd Place Award Juried by Malcolm Daniel
  • School of Visual Arts Street Smart curated by Jamie Kessling New York, NY
  • Texas Photographic Society TPS 26 Texas A&M University J. Wayne Stark Galleries Juror: Alison Nórdstrom College Station, TX
  • Photo Review 2017 Competition Web Gallery juried by Yancey Richardson

  • Texas Photographic Society/Photo Place Gallery Composed Juror: Sam Abell Middlebury, Vermont
  • Sydney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College Small Works curated by Elizabeth Avedon New York, NY

  • Umbrella Arts Family Juror: Harvey Stein New York, NY


  • APHF Athens Photo Festival The Photobook Exhibition, Benaki Museum Athens, Greece
  • Texas Photographic Society Cell Phone Photography IV: Moving Past the Camera Juror: Meri Aaron Walker
  • Solomon Arts NYC Streets: Then and Now New York, NY


  • Your Daily Photograph Featured image, November 6, 2016
  • Guatephoto La Fototeca's Photo Book Exhibition, Guatemala City, Guatemala November 2015
  • Umbrella Arts Animal World, November 2015
  • Ripe Art Gallery The Rights/Rites of Summer, Huntington, NY August – September 2015, curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel and Sean Corcoran
  • Storefront for Art and Architecture Trans New York, NY
  • Umbrella Arts Off the Grid, New York, NY


  • Umbrella Arts Kids, (not cute) juried by Harvey Stein, New York, NY
  • Islip Art Museum Mash UP! Islip, NY
  • A Smith Gallery Hipstamatic juried by Mario Estrada, VP Special Projects, Hipstamatic, Johnson City, TX


  • see me Exposure 2013 Long Island City, NY
  • Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coaltion, Wide Open 4 Brooklyn, NY curated by Carrie Springer, Whiney Museum of American Art


  • Istanbul Photography Museum, New Yorkers Citizenship Project Istanbul,Turkey
  • Storefront for Art and Architecture RED/READ New York, NY


  • Curatenyc Rush Art Gallery, New York, NY
  • Art Most Fierce - A Decade of Photography in the aftermath of 9/11 curated by Ruben Natal San-Miguel


  • Henry Gregg Gallery In the Zone Brooklyn, NY
  • Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Wide Open, Brooklyn, NY
  • ASMP at VERGE Photographers for Haiti, New York, NY
  • Slideluck/Potshow Rochester, NY


  • School of Visual Arts Surface Tension New York, NY
  • Slideluck/Potshow SFII San Francisco, CA


  • Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Snap to Grid Los Angeles, CA


  • Williamsburg Art & Historical Center Secret Affinities Brooklyn, NY curated by James Pinney


  • Gallery Boreas Winter Solstice II Brooklyn, NY


  • Pike County Historical Society, Slow Exposures Zebulon, GA jurors: Jan Fields, Pat Hankins
  • Pinnacle Gallery, Southern Exposures Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
  • The Red Gallery, Kaleidoscapes Savannah College of Art and Design: Savannah GA,
  • The Red Gallery Red on Red Savannah College of Art and Design:, Savannah, GA


  • New School England School of Art and Design The 9/11 Project, curated by Charles Guliano, Boston, MA
  • The Museum of Modern Art Life of the City New York, NY


  • Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center New York, NY


  • Howard Yezerski Gallery Paper Prayers curated by Tom Grabosky, Boston, MA
  • Galpagos Familiar Strangers Brooklyn, NY


  • The Rotunda Gallery Five & Ten Brooklyn, NY
  • The Holland Tunnel Gallery,100, Brooklyn, NY


  • Synchronicity Space, New York, NY


PS 122 New York, NY


  • PS 122 New York, NY
  • The Maine Photographic Workshop Annual Show, New York, NY


  • Texas Photographic Society Members Only Show 30 3rd Place Award Juried by Macolm Daniel, Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston September 2017
  • Photo Place Gallery/Texas Photographic Society Composed, juried by Sam Abell Honorable Mention Feb 2017

  • Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB 2015 Book of the Year Awards Honorable Mention The Phone Book
  • Lens Culture, One of 14 Favorite Street Photographers, 2014
  • Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist Photography Category 2014 The New Yorkers
  • London Festival of PhotographyInternational Street Photography Award - shortlisted 2012
  • Fotovisura Grant “Does size matter?” Honorable Mention, 2011
  • ArtistsWanted/Exposure 50 Exceptional Photographers 2010
  • School of Visual Arts Innovation in Photography Award 2009
  • PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris
  • People’s Choice Award, Fine Art Professional Book Proposal, 2nd Place, Paris, France, 2008
  • New York State Education Department, Small Business Grant, Brooklyn, NY, 2008
  • Alitlia Airlines, Alitalia per L’arte Rome, Italy 2007
  • Pike County Historical Society, “Slow Exposures” Juried Art Exhibition 1st Prize, Concord, GA, 2003
  • Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Best of Photography Annual, Santa Barbara, CA,1997
  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Juried Art Exhibition, 2nd prize Brooklyn, NY, 1996
  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Juried Art Exhibition, 1st prize, Brooklyn, NY, 1994


  • Spacio Tangram, Workshop in Street Photography, Naples, Italy March 2018
  • Anneneberg Photo Space Master Class: From Kickstarter to MoMA Self Publish Your Photo Book Los Angeles, CA May 6, 2017
  • Photo Plus Expo New York, NY Self-Publishing Seminar + iPhone Street Photography Photo Walk October 2016

  • Dallas Photographic Society Eyes on Dallas Street Photography Workshop June 8-12, 2016

  • Visual Instant Workshop and Book signing Naples, Italy March 17-20 2016
  • Adorama Publish Your Own Photo Book New York, NY November 9, 2015
  • Bitumé International Photography Festival,Photography Workshop September 20-22, 2015
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art iPhone Workshop, August 2015
  • New York Photo Stories Streets of Naples Naples, Italy April, 2015


  • Park West Camera Club, New York, NY 2018

  • Soho Photo Gallery Contemporary Photographers Lecture Series New York, NY October 12, 2017

  • School of Visual Arts Guest Speaker Elizabeth Avedon’s class: Book Making, June 2017

  • Columbia University Guest speaker Thomas Roma's class April 2017
  • Sierra Club, New York, NY October 2016
  • NY Photo Salon New York, NY September 15, 2015

  • Texas Photographic Society, Dallas Texas June 9, 2016
  • B and H Photo Event Space New York, NY May 26, 2016
  • New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Branch January 28, 2016
  • NYC Streets Then and Now Panel Discussion, January 14, 2016
  • Strand Books, The Phone Book with Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York, December 10, 2015
  • Apple Store, Soho, The Phone Book with Mario Esrada VP Hipstamatic New York, NY December 1, 2015
  • Amerika Haus, The New Yorkers, Munich, Germany October 16, 2015
  • Bitume Photofest, Gallipoli, Italy
  • Kinokuniya Books, New York, NY March 2015
  • Islip Art Museum, Mash UP! September 2014
  • School of Visual Arts i3 Lecture Series June 2014
  • Flash Forward Festival -The Magenta Foundation Publish Your Own Photo Book, with Elzabeth Avedon, Craig Cohen and Janette Beckmann Boston, MA 2014
  • New York Public Library, Mid Manhattan Branch, New York, NY 2013
  • Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation, New York, NY September 2013
  • APA Lecture Series at the Apple Store, Soho, NY June 2013
  • Istanbul Photography Museum May 2012
  • Soho Photo Salon February 2012


  • Sylvie went Shopping writer, director, editor Quicktime 3.5 minutes color 2009
  • Dance Film camera, director, editor 9 min 16mm Color 1982
  • A Story for Lisa writer, director, co-editor, 14 minutes 16mm Color/Black and White 1979 2K Restoration 2018


Radio Siani Naples Italy March 6, 2018

Secret Style Magazine From cinema to photography through the denunciation: the exhibition "The Yellow Truck" by Robert Herman at Casa Morra by Emanela Espositio March 4, 2018

Mattina 9 Canal 9 Television Mostre: La fotografia racconta il cinema - Naples, Italy February 28, 2018

ILMattinio The Yellow Truck» by Robert Herman arrives at Casa Morra by Cristina Cennamo, Naples, Italy February 26, 2018

Identita Insorgenti The Yellow Truck opens."The precariousness analyzed through the photos of Robert Herman by Chiara Royale February 28, 2018

Musee Magazine Photographic Alphabet: H is for Robert Herman by Leah Pfenning December 19, 2017

Lomography/Medium Robert Herman Speaks the Language of Photography by Birgit Buchart November 27, 2017

C41 magazine Blog Robert Herman Documents the Streets and people of a New York in the early 80’s July 7, 2017

New Books Network The New Yorkers Interview by Lorena Turner September 30, 2016 Podcast

The Gothamist Photographer Robert Herman Shares His Incredible Photos From 1980s NYC by Jen Carlson September 16, 2016

Slate Technology Apple’s Aim Is on the Camera Market by Jordan G Teicher

NPR WNYC NY- The Leonard Lopate Show :Photographers-role-digital-age Podcast July 19, 2016

IL POST Newyorkesi Le fotografie molto cinematografiche scattate su Kodachrome da Robert Herman, dal 1978 al 2005

Slate/Behold Gorgeous Cinematic Photos From a Bygone Era of New York City by David Rosenberg May 31, 2016

L’Express (print) New York Nostalgies by M O Briet Paris, France April 2016

*Library Journal The Phone Book by Michael Dashkin May 1, 2016

Elizabeth Avedon: Best Photography Books 2015

Huffington Post, Italy iPhone and Hipstamatic, Robert Herman snaps so In Lecce "The Phone Book solo exhibition", an entire exhibition created with mobile (PHOTOS) by Silvia De Santis, December 14, 2015

*F-Stop Magazine Book Review: Robert Herman's The Phone Book by Richard Storm February 1, 2016

The New York Times Robert Herman Squares New Photos With Past Work, Using an iPhone App by Annie Correal

*International Street Photography Magazine Book Review: The New Yorkers by Gillian Speace, May 2014

*F-Stop Magazine Robert Herman: The New Yorkers by Richard Storm, February 1, 2014

*Lens Culture The New Yorkers: Color Street Photography from the 1980's by Jim Casper November 2, 2013

Metropolis Magazine Blog Point of View: "People and the City" by Paul Clemence October 21, 2013

*Foreword Reviews Capturing a Nuanced City, New York in the spotlight: The New Yorkers reviewed by Thomas Kachadurian, Fall 2013

acurator: Robert Herman: The New Yorkers by Julie Grahame June 17, 2013

The New York Times: Lens: A View From Inner Turmoil by John Leland, June 13, 2013

CurbedNY From Graffiti to Gentrification by Hana R. Alberts, May 31, 2013

Lenscratch: Robert Herman: The New Yorkers November 1, 2012

Fotovisura Magazine: Visura Spotlight: Princess, September 12, 2012

NPR Picture Show 100 Words: On Photographing 'The New Yorkers

acurator Robert Herman: A Road Trip South Africa January 2011

Stellazine Robert Herman talks about the New Yorkers Interview by Stella Kramer May 27, 2010

Featureshoot Old New York’Through The Eyes Of Photographer Robert Herman by Allison Zavos, April 6, 2010

Double Exposure Robert A.Schaefer, Jr. "Sylvie went shopping An Interview with Robert Herman" October 15, 2009

1000 Words Photography Magazine/Blog “goodbye to frankie” by Tim Clarke February 2, 2009

*Alitalia Ulise Filippo Cellini, “Herman: Flash Sulla Vita” Rome, Italy April 2008

*The Newark Star Ledger, Gallery’s title couldn’t be more fitting by Dan Bischoff Newark, NJ May 13, 2005

11211 Magazine Brooklyn, NY Curators Grow in Brooklyn by Kaia Monroe July-August 2004

*Savannah Morning News Savannah, GA SCAD Photography exhibit focuses on the South"Allison Hersh June 22, 2003

*Savannah Morning News Savannah, GA, Paint the Town Red by Allison Hersh March 9.2003

*Savannah Morning News Savannah, GA, New York, New York by Allison Hersh “ December 22, 2002

11211 magazine Brooklyn, NY Authenticity Interview by Robin Ross Nov-Dec 2002

Coastal Arts and Antiques Savannah, GA, November 20, 2002

NY 1 News Arts Segment Life of the City exhibition Photograph featured during an Interview with Peter Galessi, Curator of the Department of Photography, MoMA March 22, 2002

Brooklyn Information and Culture Calender: A Place Called Brooklyn: Literary and Photographic Interpretations-2002

The Holland Tunnel Gallery Brooklyn, NY, 100, Exhibition Catalogue

*The Newark Star Ledger Mitchell Seidel, For this shooter, it’s all in the Details January 7, 1998

Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best of Photography Annual 1997

The Arthur Kaplan Company New York, NY Heat Wave poster, 1989

Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best of Photography Annual 1987

Photographer’s Forum Magazine Best of Photography Annual 1986

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