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Robert Weingarten (b. 1941) is an American photographer noted for his innovative projects combining photography and digital composition. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Weingarten attended Baruch College in New York and, following his graduation, embarked on a thirty-year career in finance. After moving to Los Angeles in the 1980s, Weingarten decided to fully commit himself to his life-long passion of photography in the early 1990s.

In 1997, Weingarten debuted his first photographic series of Italian landscapes. In 2003, he began the noted 6:30 A.M. series, in which he chronicled the changing colors of sky, water and land by capturing an identical ocean view from his home in Malibu, California at the same time each day for a full calendar year. This series was shown in Weingarten’s 2014 solo exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. In 2018, Mary Ryan Gallery held a solo exhibition of this series.

In the following Palette Series, which he started in 2004, Weingarten produced abstract compositions from the raw materials of the greatest living painters, including Jasper Johns and Wayne Thiebaud. He is also noted for his Portrait Unbound series, in which he created metaphorical portraits of celebrities without capturing their physical likelihood. He instead constructed portraits via objects, pop culture items, and ideas associated with each person. Weingarten currently lives in Malibu, California.

Weingarten holds the distinction Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) of Great Britain, and in 2004 his work was published in Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish by Steidl.

The artist’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; George Eastman House, NY; High Museum of Art, GA; J. Paul Getty Museum, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, ES; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, AT; National Gallery, Washington D.C.; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA; POLIN Museum of Art, Warsaw, PL; Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, IL and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

Weingarten’s work has also been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Fresno Art Museum (2018), Booth Western Art Museum (2015), High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia (2010), J. Paul Getty Museum (2011), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2011), Phoenix Art Museum (2010), Musée L’Elysée, Lausanne, (2009) and the Springfield Art Museum (2009). Weingarten was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in 2012 entitled “Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten.” The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue edited by Shannon Thomas Perich.

In 2005, Hatje Cantz Publishers published a monograph entitled “6:30 A.M.” with a foreword written by Weston Naef.
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