Saul Robbins is interested in the ways people interact within their surroundings, and the psychological dynamics of intimacy. His photographs are motivated by observations of human behavior and personal experience, especially those related to loss, unity, failure, and the potential that resides in personal and material history. He is best known for the series “Initial Intake”, examining the empty chairs of Manhattan-based psychotherapy professionals from their clients’ perspective, referencing viewers perceptions, associations, and responses to this particular environment and the work that takes place there. In 2012, Robbins created “How Can I Help? – An Artful Dialogue”, inviting passersby to speak with himself and other artists about anything they wish for free and in complete confidence, in a pop-up office / exhibition environment in Midtown Manhattan. In 2014 “How Can I Help? – An Artful Dialogue” was presented at Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park, attracting more than 5000 visitors and over 100 individual sessions.
Exhibitions include The Bolinas Museum, Blue Sky Gallery, chashama, CurateNYC, Deutsche Haus at NYU, Griffin Museum, Mass. General Hospital, MICA, Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Ost Gallery, Moscow, Photoville 2014, Portland Art Museum, The Philoctetes Center, Rayko, The Wellin Museum of Art, and others. Publications include Aufbau, Berlin Tagesspiegel, CPW Quarterly, D – La Repubblica, The Daily Mail, DART, Feature Shoot, FlavorWire, Internatizionalle, Literate Lens, Love Issue, More, The New York Times, Real Simple, Slate, Wired, and others. Grants and awards include chashama Windows Award, Clarence John Laughlin Award (Finalist), Covenant Foundation, Sony World Photography Awards (Finalist), AJPA Rockower, Gunk Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and US Embassy, Tbilisi. Curatorial projects include Intervening Histories, OFF_Festival, Bratislava; Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah (2010); Regarding Intimacy (2007); and No Live Girls, Peep Show 28 (2002). Robbins received his MFA from Hunter College and is Adjunct Faculty of Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Since 2011 he has been consulting and leading Master Workshops internationally, helping artists to develop their communication and professional development skills to reach new audiences.