Robert Hecht



4.Hecht portrait

BIO
Robert Hecht began photographing in the mid-1960’s when his good friend New York photographer Fred Price placed a Rolleiflex camera in his hands, changing his life forever. He studied informally with Price in New York for several years, and later with noted photographer and teacher Ruth Bernhard in San Francisco.

His photography has been exhibited in the Josephus Daniels Gallery in Carmel, The Photographer’s Gallery in Palo Alto, CA, The Stanford University Museum of Art in Palo Alto, CA, The Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA, Umbrella Gallery in New York City, The Marin Contemporary Museum of Art in Novato, CA, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT, New Roses Gallery in Palo Alto, CA, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA, 142 Throckmorton Theatre Gallery in Mill Valley, CA, the Beck & Eggeling Gallerie of Modern Art in Düsseldorf, Germany, and the Cologne Art Fair in Cologne, Germany, and numerous others. His work has been published in LensWork, Black & White Magazine, The Sun, Photographer’s Forum, COLOR Magazine, Zyzzyva, Utne Reader and others.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University in Communication Arts. He’s worked as a newspaper reporter, jazz disc jockey, landscape gardener, mental hospital occupational therapy aide, public relations writer, English teacher, photo lab technician, photographer, script writer, and filmmaker. With his wife, Dale Harrison Miller, he owns and operates a video-multimedia production company, On Point Productions, in San Rafael, California.



ARTIST’S STATEMENT

My photography work is intended as an affirmation that the everyday world offers many interesting and beautiful subjects when one takes the time to notice. Part of my conscious discipline as a photographer is to pay close attention to subtle shifts of light, shadows and reflections, and to other details of things that may not appear beautiful except upon careful study. Going through life this way, the world often presents many surprising gifts. As Buddhist teachers are fond of pointing out, our lives are made up of a multitude of small moments, constantly passing by, and the quality of our lives may well be measured by our awareness of these fleeting moments.

When present awareness, subject, eye, and camera all converge dynamically in a given moment, it can be thrilling to participate in making a visual statement that is not only about a particular subject or even the act of seeing itself but about the very passing of existence. As the photographer Marc Riboud once said:

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely,
every hundredth of a second.”

It is my sincere hope that my work may inspire others to look more closely at the world around them, and thus heighten their own personal appreciation of the many delights that can be found close at hand.

Robert Hecht