Born in New Jersey in 1957, she graduated in Fine Arts and Photography from the Pratt Institute in New York. Her work forms part of the permanent collection of prestigious institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA (New York), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington). She was credited as a finalist at the Hyères Festival of Fashion and Photography in 2010, was presented at the annual National Geographic seminar, and also appeared this year in a master talk at the LOOK3 Festival at Charlottesville. She has published three books, Like us. Primate Portraits, Dog Watching and Amelia’s World, the latter published by Aperture.
Robin started her photographic project Animal Affinity when her daughter Amelia was only three years old. This new work brings together the two things she most loves in this world: her daughter and animals. With this series, Schwartz might have created a new photographic genre: the family portrait straddling different species. Associating her daughter with a variety of animals, she produces images that are both familiar and charged with fantasy. In her photographs, mother and daughter share their affinity for the animal kingdom and create a space where animals not only coexist with humans but interact on equal terms.