Robert Taylor’s work embodies
a strong connection to rural northern California, home to his family for
four generations. Born in 1946, Robert has been engaged in
the making of photographs for over forty years. Entirely self taught,
he uses a 4x5 and 8x10 view camera and chooses images that have
a special history or personal meaning, often capturing ordinary
life within minutes of his home. His love of the land in
Mendocino and its special qualities are translated into his photographs.
Frank Leavitt, a Brooks
graduate, introduced photography to Taylor during their mutual tour of duty. That fed the desire to capture images of local
scenes when he returned home to California. He was even more inspired after seeing an exhibition of Ansel Adams and most particularly,
to perfect his technical and esthetic excellence.
Robert Taylor is often called “a photographer’s photographer” because
others involved in the medium often appreciate his craftsmanship and collect his images. This seal of peer
approval encourages Taylor to continually enhance his craft and always be alert
for the next great image. His personal dedication and commitment is seen
in his painstaking approach to creating images produced in a traditional darkroom.
Beginning in 1991, Taylor has been featured
in Black and White Magazine and shown his work in over 25
exhibitions. Taylor’s personal view of photography shows his intimate
connection to the medium, “Each of my photographs illuminates something
of who I am – and who I have been – as I reflect on them. But
the abiding joy of photography remains in the fact that where it is leading me
is still a great mystery.”