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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.


2014 Artist’s Summer Institute Creative Capital/Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

2009 Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film Production New York University, New York, NY

1973 - 1975 Boston University


2015 The Phone Book, Schiffer Books Foreword by Mary Ann Lynch

2013 The New Yorkers, Proof Positive Press Foreword by Sean Corcoran,

Essay by Stella Kramer 3rd Printing, 2016


2009 Sylvie Went Shopping photographer, director, editor 3 min QuickTime color

1982 Dance Film camera, director, editor 9 min 16mm color Screening at Vision Festival, New York, NY 2007

1979 A Story for Lisa writer, director, co-editor, 12 minutes 16mm color 1981 (collection Fondazione Morra/Mario Franco Archive


2016 A History of NY Cool 75th Anniversary Coach Rizzoli, New York, NY

2015 Photography: The Definitive History by Tom Ang, DK Publishing Ltd. London, UK


Fondazione Morra , Naples, Italy

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY

Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA


The Bisys Group, New York, NY

The Dominick Hotel. New York, NY

Marriott Hotels Ft Lauderdale, FL

Westin Hotels San Antonio TX

MONOGRAPHS (selected permanent collections)

Columbia University

International Center of Photography

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


2018 The Yellow Truck Mario Franco Cinema Archive/Fondazione Morra Naples, Italy

2015 The Phone Book Lo.Ft Gallery, Lecce, Italy

2015 The New Yorkers Amerika Haus, , Munich, Germany

2015 The New Yorkers Bitume International Photography Festival, Gallipoli, Italy

2013 A Waking Dream Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena Cartagena, Columbia.

2003 40 North x 73 West Mercury Lounge Savannah, GA

2002Triptychs McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2000 Color Photographs Paul Weinschenk Gallery New York, NY

1998 Surface Tension Cooper Gallery Jersey City, NJ


2019 Human Spaces, Tianjin International Design Week, Tianjin, China

2018 Let There be Light (and Shadow) Umbrella Arts curated by Harvey Stein

2017 Street Smart School of Visual Arts curated by Jamie Keesling New York, NY 2017

2017 Members Only Show 30 Texas Photographic Society 3rd Place Award 2017 Juried by Malcolm Daniel

2017 Small Works Sydney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, curated by Elizabeth Avedon New York, NY

2016 NYC Streets: Then and Now Salomon Arts Gallery New York, NY 2016

2011 Around the Urban Citizenship Concept Istanbul Photography Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

2010 In the Zone Henry Gregg Gallery Brooklyn, NY

2004 Winter Solstice II Gallery Boreas Brooklyn, NY

2002 The 9/11 Project New School England School of Art and Design curated by Charles Guliano, Boston, MA

2002 Life of the City The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY


2017 Texas Photographic Society Members Only Show 30 3rd Place Award Juried by Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2017 Photo Place Gallery/Texas Photographic Society Composed juried by Sam Abell Honorable Mention

2015 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB 2015 Book of the Year Awards Honorable Mention The Phone Book

2014 Lens Culture, One of 14 Favorite Street Photographers

2013 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist The New Yorkers

2013 Institute for Community Living Beacon of Hope Award,

2013 London Festival of Photography International Street Photography Award – shortlisted

2009 ArtistsWanted/Exposure 50 Exceptional Photographers

2009 School of Visual Arts Innovation in Photography Award

2008 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Fine Art Professional Book Proposal People’s Choice Award Silver Medal, Paris, France

2008 New York State Education Department, Small Business Grant, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Alitalia Airlines, Alitalia per L’arte Rome, Italy


2018 Spazio Tangram Street Photography Workshop, Naples, Italy (March and November)

2018 PDN/PhotoPlus Expo iPhone Photo Walk, New York, NY

2017 Annenberg Photography Space, Master Class: Self-Publish Your Own Photography Book: From Kickstarter to MoMA, Los Angeles CA

2016 PDN/PhotoPlus Expo Self-Publishing Seminar, New York, NY

2016 PDN/PhotoPlus Expo iPhone Street Photography Photo Walk New York, NY

2016 Dallas Photographic Society Eyes on Dallas Street Photography Workshop Dallas, TX

2015 Adorama Publish your own Photo Book New York, NY

2015 Bitume International Photography Festival, New York Photo Stories Street Photography Workshop Gallipoli, Italy

2015 Cape Cod Museum of Art, iPhone Workshop MA

2015 New York Photo Stories, Streets of Naples, Intensive street photography workshop, Naples, Italy

2012 Elders Share for the Arts “Photography and Storytelling” 24 session course given at the SAGE Center in Midtown Manhattan for LGBT elders to improve their digital photography and writing skills. Student Book Produced.


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

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

2017 Columbia University, Photography Department Guest speaker

2017 Magazzini Fotografici Artist’s Talk, Naples, Italy

2016 NY Photo Salon, New York, NY

2016 Texas Photographic Society, Dallas Photo

2016 B and H Photo Event Space New York, NY

2016 School of Visual Arts, MPS Digital Photo, Elizabeth Avedon, Guest Lecturer

2016 New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Branch

2016 NYC Streets Then and Now Panel Discussion

2015 Strand Books, The Phone Book with Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs, Museum of the City of New York

2015 Apple Store, Soho The Phone Book with Mario Estrada VP/Hipstamatic New York, NY

2015 Adorama Publish Your Own Photo Book

2015 Amerika Haus, The New Yorkers, Munich, Germany

2015 Bitume Photofest, Gallipoli, Italy

2015 School of Visual Arts i3 Lecture Series, New York, NY

2015 Islip Art Museum, Mash UP Islip, NY

2014 Flash Forward Festival -The Magenta Foundation Panel: Publish Your Own Photo Book, Boston, MA

2013 New York Public Library, Mid Manhattan Branch, New York, NY

2013 APA Lecture Series at the Apple Store, Soho, NY


2018 Let There be Light (and Shadow) Umbrella Arts curated by Harvey Stein

2017 Street Smart School of Visual Arts, curated by Jaime Keating, New York, NY

2017 Members Only Show 30 Texas Photographic Society curated by Malcolm Daniel

2017 TPS 26 Texas Photographic Society curated by Alison Nordstrom, College Park, TX

2017 Composed Texas Photographic Society/Photo Place Gallery juried by Sam Abell

2014 Hipstamatic The A Smith Gallery curated by Mario Estrada, Johnson City, Texas

2011 The New Yorkers Citizenship Concept Museum of Contemporary Photography Istanbul, Turkey 2011


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

2018 The Yellow Truck Arrives at Casa Morra ILMattinio by Cristina Cennamo, Naples, Italy

2016 The (mobile) Phone (Photo Book) Lens Culture by Jim Casper/Alexander Strecker

2016 Robert Herman Squares New Photos with Past Work, Using an iPhone App The New York Times

2016 Gorgeous Cinematic Photos From a Bygone Era of New York City Slate/Behold

2013 Recommendation # 3 : Robert Herman - The New Yorkers Memories of Time by Marc Wauman

2013 The New Yorkers: Color Street Photography from the 1980’s by Jim Casper Lens Culture

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

2010 Robert Herman talks about The New Yorkers Interview by Stella Kramer Stellazine

2009 “goodbye to frankie1000 Words Photography Magazine/Blog by Tim Clarke

2008 “Herman: Flash Sulla VitaAlitalia Ulise Filippo Cellini, Rome, Italy

2003, New York, New York by Allison Hersh Savannah Morning News Savannah, GA

1998 For this shooter, it’s all in the Details by Mitchell Seidel Newark Star Ledger Newark, NJ


2018 Interview with Robert Herman Radio Siani Naples Italy

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

2016 PHOTOPLUS EXPO: Robert Herman on Self-Publishing Successfully by Rebecca Robertson PDNPULSE October 31,2016

2016 Photographer's Role in a Digital Age The Leonard Lopate Show NPR - WNYC NY

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

2002 Life of the City exhibition Photograph featured during an Interview with Peter Galessi,

NY1 News Arts Segment


2016 The Phone Book with Robert Herman B&H Event Space

2015 Robert Herman and Sean Corcoran The Phone Book Strand Books New York, NY

2014 Robert Herman, Street Photographer School of Visual Arts /i3 Lecture New York, NY