Born & raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Robert Montgomery (or Robbie, as he is known to friends), began taking pictures at the age of 10, when his uncle gave him a camera for his birthday. And he hasn’t looked back since.
Schooled at Oriel College, Oxford, he spent the Bush & Clinton years in the UK, perfecting the art of being an artist, and refining his skills in the art of painting with light. These days he lives with his partner, Ruth, in Atlanta, and continues with those skills at the core, branching out from still life, fine art, & abstract work to street photography, figure studies, and whatever old-fangled invention captures his attention.
He has work hanging in galleries and homes worldwide, including Kensington Palace in London, and at the Guggenheim in New York. Also, one time he took pictures of Billy Idol. And another time the BBC hired him to take pictures on the set of Dr. Who. Your true colours will show when you decide which of those things is the coolest.
Robbie prides himself on mastering light and perspective, and making photographs that expose beauty in ordinary places; he is one of only a handful of artists, worldwide, who have mastered the Zone system, and adapted it for use with digital photography. The result is the vibrancy and depth of colour he brings to life in his work.
Robbie is most at home when he has a camera in his hands and a view-finder in front of his face, but he occasionally joins the rest of the world long enough to offer insight to would-be photographers by teaching a class at the local library, or joining in with a photography class at a local college.
For Robbie, his camera is like oxygen, and his pictures are his life’s blood.
Film (medium format): Mamiya M645 1000S with Mamiya Sekor lenses
Film (35mm): Konika Auto-Reflex T with Konika Hexanon AR EE lenses
Digital (DSLR): Olympus E3 with Zuiko lenses
Film (large format): Busch Pressman Model D 4×5 with Wollensak Raptar & Kodak Ektar lenses
Occasional Camera (i.e. Ruth uses it)
Film (35mm): Pentax Spotmatic SP with a single 35/3.5 Super-Takumar lens
Raw converter: Phase One Capture 9
Editing: DxO OpticsPro 10, FilmPack 5, and ViewPoint 2, Adobe PS6, Google NIK Suite, ON1-FX