Robert A Schaefer Jr

Robert A. Schaefer, Jr. was born in the north Alabama town of Cullman in 1951. He graduated from Auburn University in 1970 with a BA in Architecture, Photography and German and then moved to Munich, Germany where he earned a Masters Degree (Diplom Ingenieur) in Architecture and Photography at the Technische Universitaet in 1978. It was during this time that he started exhibiting his photography, first in the cultural houses of the American Embassies (Amerika Haus) in Munich, Hamburg, Hannover and Frankfurt. Also, his photography was exhibited with David Hockney in Kulturhaus in Graz, Austuria and in the galleries which represented his work: the Joerg Walter Koch Gallery in Munich and the Ufficio dell Arte Gallery in Paris, France. The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France acquired a large body of his work. Since moving to New York City (1981) where he still resides and carries out his photography, he has had one person and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In 1999/2000 the Huntsville Museum of Art hosted a twenty-five year retrospective of his work in tandem with one-person exhibitions at the Agnes Gallery in Birmingham, AL and the Barbara Levy Gallery in New York. Apple Computers which hosts two articles about Schaefer on their website (go to the links page on Schaefer’s website: http://www.schaeferphoto.com) was one of the sponsors of the retrospective and sent a computer and monitor with a loop slide show of Schaefer’s work to the Huntsville Museum. Schaefer is currently working in alternative printing processes such as Cyanotype from the 19th Century and using these products to make huge printouts on canvas (giclees) which were shown in his one-person exhibition at the Chamot Gallery in Jersey City. His photography is represented by the Domeischel Gallery in New York (http://www.domeischelgallery.com),the DeFrog Gallery in Houston Texas, and Wm. Floyd, Art Dealer in New York City. He teaches at the Alternative Center of Photography (Manhattan) as well as New York University (Manhattan).  In 2009 Schaefer visited India for the first time and took various photographs which he then printed as cyanotypes.  The Goethe Institute in India produced two exhibitions of this work at the Government Museum and Art Space in Chandigarh, India and the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi both in November 2010.  The concept for these exhibitions was made by Elizabeth Rogers who also curated both exhibitions and edited the catalogue “Architectural Blue – Cyanotypes of India and Germany.”  The Goethe Institute also brought Robert Schaefer back to India in 2010 to speak at the openings of both exhibitions as well as give lectures on his work and cyanotype workshops in both Chandigarh and Delhi.

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