READ THE LATEST ISSUE Musée Magazine
Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Photographic Alphabet: H is for Robert Herman

Photographic Alphabet: H is for Robert Herman

"Bubble Girl, The Cayman Islands. March 14, 2011, 12:36:36pm Latitude: 19°20'41"N, Longitude: 81°23'4"W ©Robert Herman

"Bubble Girl, The Cayman Islands. March 14, 2011, 12:36:36pm

Latitude: 19°20'41"N, Longitude: 81°23'4"W

©Robert Herman

By Leah Pfenning

Robert Herman experiments with the limitations of capturing images through his iPhone’s Hipstamatic app in his series and second monograph, The Phone Book. Herman has been a street photographer since his days as a film student at NYU in the late 70s. Shooting on the Hipstamatic app originally drew in Herman, as it was reminiscent of his earlier experiences working with an analogue Kodachrome camera. The choice of using the app was compelling to Herman as he says, “the square format, the fixed lens and the slow ISO… Unlike a DSLR that has a five shot burst, it forced me to slow down.”

The Phone Book series was shot between 2010 and 2014 covering Herman’s extensive travels both nationally and internationally. Herman seeks to document what existed in time and space for a singular chance moment. Serendipity is the photographer’s strongest ally and met with Herman’s sense of subtle expression and ironic juxtaposition, it is the perfect marriage for the craft of street photography.

Herman is a believer that “it is the photographer’s eye that creates images that resonate.” Using an iPhone to capture images allows the photographer a sense of invisibility, while providing the opportunity for Herman to take photos more liberally and with a greater sense of authenticity. The Phone Book gives us a thought-provoking glimpse into quotidian life from around the world as it resonates from the uninhibited eye of Robert Herman.

Roberta, Naples, Italy. April 27, 2015, 9:34:15am Latitude: 40°51'11''N, Longitude: 14°16'18''E © Robert Herman

Roberta, Naples, Italy. April 27, 2015, 9:34:15am

Latitude: 40°51'11''N, Longitude: 14°16'18''E

© Robert Herman

Face in Window, Battery Park City, New York, NY, USA. February 20, 2012, 3:24:41pm Latitude: 40°42'54''N, Longitude: 74°0'50'4''W © Robert Herman

Face in Window, Battery Park City, New York, NY, USA. February 20, 2012, 3:24:41pm

Latitude: 40°42'54''N, Longitude: 74°0'50'4''W

© Robert Herman

Lower Broadway, New York, NY, USA. January 25, 2011, 10:13:54am Latitude: 40°42'32''N, Longitude: 74°0'37''W © Robert Herman  

Lower Broadway, New York, NY, USA. January 25, 2011, 10:13:54am

Latitude: 40°42'32''N, Longitude: 74°0'37''W

© Robert Herman

 

Fog, Santa Monica, CA, USA. October 29, 2012, 6:20:58pm Latitude: 34°1'28''N, Longitude: 118°30'49''W © Robert Herman

Fog, Santa Monica, CA, USA. October 29, 2012, 6:20:58pm

Latitude: 34°1'28''N, Longitude: 118°30'49''W

© Robert Herman

Day Dreaming, Cozumel, Mexico. March 16, 2011, 8:58:27pm Latitude: 20°29'43''N, Longitude: 86°57'22''W © Robert Herman

Day Dreaming, Cozumel, Mexico. March 16, 2011, 8:58:27pm

Latitude: 20°29'43''N, Longitude: 86°57'22''W

© Robert Herman

Before brunch at Evelyne and Thérèse's. Clichy, Paris, France. August 9, 2014, 10:54:25am  Latitude: 48°52'60''N, Longitude: 2°19'49''E © Robert Herman

Before brunch at Evelyne and Thérèse's. Clichy, Paris, France. August 9, 2014, 10:54:25am 

Latitude: 48°52'60''N, Longitude: 2°19'49''E

© Robert Herman

Kids, New York, NY USA. October 28, 2011, 3:10:34pm  Latitude: 40°42'55''N, Longitude: 74°0'54''W  © Robert Herman

Kids, New York, NY USA. October 28, 2011, 3:10:34pm 

Latitude: 40°42'55''N, Longitude: 74°0'54''W

 © Robert Herman

Fashion Statement, New York, NY, USA. January 9, 2012, 3:02:45pm  Latitude: 40°44'54''N, Longitude: 73°59'38''W © Robert Herman

Fashion Statement, New York, NY, USA. January 9, 2012, 3:02:45pm 

Latitude: 40°44'54''N, Longitude: 73°59'38''W

© Robert Herman

Annie's Table. Lama, Corsica, France. July 27, 2014, 9:27:35pm Latitude: 42°34'37''N, Longitude: 9°10'19''E © Robert Herman

Annie's Table. Lama, Corsica, France. July 27, 2014, 9:27:35pm

Latitude: 42°34'37''N, Longitude: 9°10'19''E

© Robert Herman

The American, New York, NY, USA. September 20, 2011, 10:26:45pm Latitude: 40°44'54''N, Longitude: 73°59'38''W © Robert Herman  

The American, New York, NY, USA. September 20, 2011, 10:26:45pm

Latitude: 40°44'54''N, Longitude: 73°59'38''W

© Robert Herman

 

Couple in the rain. New York, NY, USA June 13, 2014, 6:50:56pm Latitude: 40°42'58''N, Longitude: 74°0'36''W  © Robert Herman

Couple in the rain. New York, NY, USA June 13, 2014, 6:50:56pm

Latitude: 40°42'58''N, Longitude: 74°0'36''W 

© Robert Herman

Book Review: Photo Rx: Pharmacy in Photography Since 1850 by Deborah Goodman Davis, David Campany, & Shawn Waldron

Book Review: Photo Rx: Pharmacy in Photography Since 1850 by Deborah Goodman Davis, David Campany, & Shawn Waldron

Art Out: Group Exhibition - "The Immigrants"

Art Out: Group Exhibition - "The Immigrants"