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

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