“What is my favorite photograph? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
— Imogen Cunningham
Award-winning photographer Robin Allen discovered her passion in the dark. In the darkROOM, that is. When Robin started making pictures, she learned how to use chemistry, light and darkroom techniques to create her images. With the advent of digital technology she turned her attention to mastering the new medium. She is a Photoshop expert and firm believer in using all the digital tools at her disposal to realize her vision.
Robin’s influences include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Roy DeCarava, Fred Lyon, Julia Margaret Cameron, Dorothea Lang, Margaret Bourke-White, and Annie Leibovitz. Her colleagues at San Francisco Women Artists are an ongoing source of inspiration. Street photography and urban landscapes are her primary subjects. She is interested in people at work and in public and prefers to shoot first and ask permission later. Her landscape work focuses on the urban environment from gritty street scenes to sweeping vistas.
Robin began her career as the owner of Corporate Photography, a commercial photo studio in San Diego. Upon moving to San Francisco, she earned a degree in graphic design, and worked for two of San Francisco’s top commercial photographers. In 2007 she retired from commercial work to devote herself to exclusively to her art.
Robin holds an AA in Graphic Design and a BA in English & Philosophy. She takes inspiration from her native California and her world-wide travels. Her work has been shown in Honolulu, San Diego and San Francisco.