Robert Weingarten (b. 1941 Brooklyn, NY) 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. Although he had been passionate about photography since childhood and had since pursued it as a hobby, Weingarten decided to fully commit himself to the art 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 the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. In the following Palette Series begun in 2004, Weingarten produced abstract compositions from the raw materials of the greatest living painters, including Jasper Johns and Wayne Thiebaud.
Weingarten has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; Marlborough Gallery in New York and in Madrid; the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts; and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Weingarten’s work is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, High Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He 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.