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12.19.11

Rebecca Drobis

Photographer

www.rebeccadrobis.com

Duration: Five years.

Education: A BA in art history and political science from Duke University. I also learned a tremendous amount from working at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico and assisting photographer Lauren Greenfield.

Staff: Me... and my invaluable team of freelancers.

Cultural Influences: My photography explores the world from a child’s point of view and attempts to capture the visual and sensory experiences of youth. I’ve been influenced by the work and approach of other portrait photographers like Helen Levitt, Arthur Tress, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Lauren Greenfield and Norman Mauskopf.

Environment: I'm drawn to shooting outdoors, in a subject’s natural environment. I split my time between my native Washington, DC and Northwest Montana where I’ve been shooting on a long-term portrait project documenting kids growing up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation near Glacier National Park.

Philosophy: I’m grateful for the privilege of being allowed into people’s lives. Photographing people, especially children, is thrilling and challenging and there really is no formula, so I rely on my intuition and instincts. I believe that, as my mentor photographer Paull Elledge says, “Every portrait is a self-portrait.”