Herb Robinson has been documenting the human experience as a New York City based photographer for over 40 years. From early on, the great Roy De Carava was a seminal influence who encouraged him in his work. Herb also studied and absorbed the work of such painters as Chardin and Vermeer who influenced his composition and use of light. Music - jazz in particular - has been an important influence on Herb’s working style. “My instrument is the camera, the vessel that responds to and carries my emotions.” 

Herb is the designer and one of the editors of Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge, published by Schiffer Publishing in 2015. The book was recognized by the New York Times and by Elizabeth Avedon as one of the best photography books of 2015. 

Herb's corporate and fine arts clientele includes museums and galleries, as well as pharmaceutical, publishing, advertising and design agencies. His commercial client list includes Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Kallir, Philips and Ross, Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo and Con Edison.  Herb is an original member of Kamoinge, Inc., one of the most creative groups of professional photographers existing today. He lives and works in New York City.


Selected Exhibitions

Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, N.Y. (2015-2016) (Co-curated)

Gordon Parks Gallery, Bronx, N.Y. (2012)

Calumet Gallery, New York, N.Y. (2010)

Calumet Gallery, New York, N.Y. (2009)

Columbia University, New York, N.Y. (2008)

Columbia College, Chicago, Ill. (2006)

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, N.Y. (2006)

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, New York, N.Y. (2004)

G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Ill. (2005)

New York University, New York, N.Y. (2002)

Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York (2001)

UFA Gallery, New York, N.Y. (1999)

International Center of Photography, New York, N.Y. (1974)

American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y. (1974)

Harvard University School of Design, Boston, Ma. (1973)

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, N.Y. (1972)



Robinson, Herb and Barboza, Anthony (Editors), Alabiso, Vincent (Coeditor) Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge, Schiffer, 2015

Shange, Ntozake and Kamoinge, Inc., The Sweet Breath of Life, New York: Atria Books, Simon and Schuster, 2004

Millstein, Barbara Head, Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers, Forward by Arnold L. Lehman, Essays by Clyde Taylor and Deba P. Patnaik, ful color illustrations,, new York: Merrell Publishers Limited, 2001.

Holland Cotter: “Nihilists Beware: A Swath of Black Life, Family of Man Style.” The New York Times, New York, N.Y. February 16, 2001, Sec. E., p. 36

A Tribute to Kamoinge Inc., Photographic Essay, black and white illustrations, Nueva Luz (En Foco) Special Issue, 2001, pp 22-23

Relf, Pat, and the Field Museum, A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story of the Colossal Fossil, New York, Scholastic Inc., 2000, pp. 50-51.