Robert Werling Biography

Robert Werling




From the artist's website:
Photographer Robert Werling was born in San Francisco, California in 1946. While briefly attending a commercial art school, he found photography to be his medium and went on to obtain both a BA and an honorary MS from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. He also studied privately under Ansel Adams from 1966 to 1970 and Imogen Cunningham from 1969 to 1975. Through his affiliation with Adams, Werling came to know and work with other noted photographers. Brett Weston became his close friend and mentor and Marion Post Wolcott, relying on his darkroom expertise, entrusted her negatives to his printing genius.

While creating an impressive number of his own fine art prints, Werling also lectured extensively and worked as an instructor for the Brooks Institute, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Zone System Seminars and Workshops in the United States, and for the Werkschule fur Fotografie in Soltau, Germany.

He is included in the permanent collections of Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; Colgate Museum, Hamilton, New York; The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Illinois; the Huntington Library and Museum, San Marino, CA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D. C.; and the Pentax Camera Museum, Tokyo, among others and most recently the Telfar Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia.


Robert Werling speaks fluent German and continues to photograph and lecture, dividing his time between California and Europe. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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