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Robert B. Taylor

Robert B. Taylor

1946

Robert Taylor’s work embodies a strong connection to rural northern California, home to his family for five generations. Born in...

Robert B. Taylor

Biography

Robert Taylor’s work embodies a strong connection to rural northern California, home to his family for five generations. Born in 1946, Robert has practiced traditional black and white photography for over fifty years. Self-taught, he uses 4x5 and 8x10 format view cameras, as well as a 645 medium format camera, to record subjects that reflect his love of nature, often expressed in scenes found near his home in rural Mendocino County.

Taylor was first introduced to darkroom photography by Frank Leavitt, a fellow soldier in Vietnam who had studied at Brooks Institute of Photography. By the time Taylor returned home, he had acquired a knowledge of the basics of film photography and darkroom technique. Afterwards, he attended an Ansel Adams exhibition, and was inspired by it to begin to seek an equivalent level of technical and esthetic excellence. The continuing quest to achieve the optimum in craftsmanship and expressiveness in traditional black and white darkroom work has remained a focal point throughout Taylor’s career. Since 1988, when he was accorded his first solo show at the Grace Hudson Museum in Mendocino County, Taylor has shown his work in over thirty group and solo exhibitions.  

Taylor has written his view on the nature of gelatin silver as follows:  

“While some traditional black and white photographs capture the viewer’s attention due to their striking subjects, the best also charm the psyche through the subtle interplay of tonal nuances inherent in the silver image itself.  The quest to achieve such images—both in the field and in the darkroom—continues to motivate and excite me as much now as four decades ago.” 

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