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BIOGRAPHY

Robert Werling was born in San Francisco, California in 1946 and realized an interest in art at an early age. While briefly attending a commercial art school, he found photography to be his medium and went on to obtain both a BA and an honorary MS from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. He also studied privately under Ansel Adams from 1966 to 1970 and Imogen Cunningham from 1969 to 1975. Through his affiliation with Adams, Werling came to know and work with other noted photographers. Brett Weston became his close friend and mentor and Marion Post Wolcott, relying on his darkroom expertise, entrusted her negatives to his printing genius.

Portfolios of original prints
Portfolio 1, The Sierra Nevada, 1980 Edition of 35
Portfolio 2, Japan, 1982 Edition of 25
Portfolio 3, Alaska 1983 Edition of 100
Portfolio 4, The California Coast, 1994 Edition of 100
Portfolio 5, San Francisco, 2008, Edition of 25

While creating an impressive number of his own fine art prints, Werling also lectured extensively and worked as an instructor for the Brooks Institute, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Zone System Seminars and Workshops in the United States, and for the Werkschule fur Fotografie in Soltau, Germany.

Recent Lectures
· Ansel Adams, celebration of Genius, November 2007 with Jeanne Verhulst at Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia,
· Ansel Adams, The Weston Family and Robert Werling in the Oceano Dunes, November,2008 Arroyo Grande Historical Museum

Werling has exhibited his photographs in over sixty one-man and group shows in both the United States and Europe. His most recent shows are as follows:

Recent One man exhibition
The Dunes of Oceano, Arroyo Grande Historical Museum, November 2008

Recent Group Exhibitions
Portraits of Place, October, 2005. Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Made in Santa Barbara, group exhibition, July, 2007, Santa Barbara Museum of Art

His award-winning work has appeared in numerous publications and most recently the following:

Publications
· Rangefinder Magazine Bob Werling, “Black and White Master” by Peter Skinner, January 2007
· At Mono Lake, exhibition Catalogue, Friends of the Earth Foundation. San Francisco,1983,
· Made in Santa Barbara, Contemporary Photographs. Catalogue, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2007
· Schwarzweiss Magazine fuer Fotografie, 19 ,Robert Werling modern Klassik, January,1999
· Route 66 Magazine,
o “Bill Shea” by Robert Werling, Winter 2006/07 Volume 14 no,1,
o “On the road with Marion Post Wolcott” by Robert Werling, summer 2007

He is included in the permanent collections of Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; Colgate Museum, Hamilton, New York; The Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Illinois; the Huntington Library and Museum, San Marino, CA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D. C.; and the Pentax Camera Museum, Tokyo, among others and most recently the Telfar Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia.

Robert Werling speaks fluent German and continues to photograph and lecture, dividing his time between California and Europe. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Copyright Robert Werling 2004. All rights reserved.
updated 8/31/10