Bob Newman began making photographs on a regular basis in 2006 after a career in medicine. In the ensuing years, his interest in the visual arts has burgeoned, both in terms of his understanding the power of photography and acquiring skills with the tools to advance excellence in the craft.
Bob is drawn to capturing images that document the culture and challenge within marginalized communities. When possible, he spends at least six months of the year on the road making photographs. He favors long-term projects that permit visiting the same location(s) on multiple occasions.
Currently, he is involved in two in-depth projects that focus on Irish Travellers and the Mississippi Delta, respectively. Both highlight people and cultures that are often pushed to the margins of society.
With each return visit, Bob digs more deeply into the lives of the people, their environment, rituals and the history of the area, allowing him to accurately explore and portray his subjects. His images typically incorporate people and their environment with a goal of presenting a balanced view of their lives and living conditions.
Bob is self-taught in photography. He was selected to participate in the Agency VII Warsaw Masterclass and the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXII. His images have appeared in several publications including All About Photography, Social Documentary Network (SDN), Dodho, and Black & White Magazine (UK).
In 2020 Newman was Short Listed in the Portrait of Humanity Competition, named a Finalist in the Fresh Annual Summer Exhibition, and Portrait Finalist at the Head On Photo Festival (Sydney, Australia). Photography @ Oregon Gallery (Eugene, OR) hosted his “Irish Traveller” images in a Solo Exhibition in the fall of 2019.
Additional awards received in 2019 recognizing the quality of his images include Travel Photography of the YearFinalist, International Photography Awards Best of Show and 1st Place Awards, Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography Finalist, B/W Child Competition (2nd Half of 2019) Grand Winner and 1st Place Documentary Awards.