About Me

Michael E. RobinsonI was born and raised in Queens, New York and moved to Washington, D.C. after law school.  I have lived in Washington since 1978.  Although I have pursued a career in the law, I discovered photography about 15 years ago.  I work mostly with black and white film, making my own prints in the darkroom at the Smithsonian Residents Associates darkroom.   Kim Kirkpatrick has been my teacher and mentor.

I believe that an arresting image is more important than technique, and that light and shadow are the crucial elements of a good photograph.  Although I occasionally do portraits, I prefer to shoot architecture and landscapes, and I particularly like the natural beauty of flowers.  I took a course with the eminent black and white photographer John Sexton in Carmel, California, to improve my printing technique.  I won a Bronze Award for Abstract/Illustrative images in an International Aperture Awards Competition.  I have three times been a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine Annual Photography competition.  And my work has been shown at a juried photography exhibition for flower photography at 1650 Studio and Gallery in Los Angeles, and at a juried show at the Capital Hill Arts Workshop in Washington, D.C.