Bob has been interested in photography from a very early age. The first photograph he sold was at the age of thirteen. As a result of that sale his interest was all-consuming. He attended classes in darkroom work and studio work at the Academy of Arts in Amsterdam. He joined a professional photographic studio at the age of twenty where he learnt the finer points of professional commercial photography. After a few years he joined Wits University as a scientific photographer and later as a tutor in Fine Art photography. He taught at Wits for eighteen years. Since 1993 he has been a freelance photographer and ran his own photography school till three years ago. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions worldwide since 1980 and was part of at least eighty group exhibitions in that time. His photographs are represented in a number of public collections and numerous corporate and private collections. His personal work is all hand printed using the antique printing process called the Van Dyke Brown process in which he makes his own light-sensitive emulsion with which he coats water-colour paper. This process suits his imagery and his personality. He is considered the foremost practitioner of this process in South Africa.
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