Robert Schneider is an Alameda, California-based photographer who works with toy, vintage, and instant-film cameras and expired film. Rob has been taking pictures since the age of six when Mabel Robrock taught him how to develop film and make black-and-white prints in Bryan, Ohio. While he veered away from photography for a number of years, Rob’s enthusiasm rekindled in the 1990s when he took a couple of courses at the New England School of Photography and Mass. College of Art. Since then Rob has taken workshops and master classes with photographers Constantine Manos, Charles Harbutt, Eugene Richards, and Sylvia Plachy.
Rob’s photographs have been selected for exhibition in the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show at RayKo Photo Center Gallery in San Francisco (2012-2017), the 15th, 16th, and 17th Krappy Kamera International Juried Competition at SoHo Photo Gallery in New York City (2013-2015), the exhibition "Blue" (2014) at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vt., the Black and White: Mastering the Art of Photography exhibition (2013) at Black Box Gallery in Astoria, Ore., the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, artSpace @ 16 in Malden, Mass., the Paradise Lounge in Boston, Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Mass., Grace Chapel’s Art Gallery in Lexington, Mass., as well as online at FILE Magazine, Flak Photo, Group Show, and Creepywonderful.
Rob’s latest photography can be seen regularly on his Tumblr photoblog rolopix! (rolopix.tumblr.com) and on Flickr (flickr.com/badaud). Rob adds a new image almost daily on Instagram (instagram.com/rschneiderphoto).
Of the multitude of cameras he uses, Rob's favorites are his various Kodak Brownie Hawkeyes and his assortment of original Diana 151 toy cameras.