About Robert

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Robert has specialized in portraits and human figures for over 25 years. He has work in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, The V&A, and several other collections.

Robert creates portraits, anything from formal likenesses hung at places like the Royal Society or Oxford University, to provocative and playful nude studies on show at places like the ICA, or a variety of experimental spaces.

He often combines intimate photographic portraiture with his subjects’ answers to themed questions. His background in law, publishing, sustainable development work in West Africa, and radical prison reform enables him to draw on a wide range of experiences and insights when creating projects.

He sees his work principally as a form of entertainment and pleasure, for him, his subjects and his audiences.

“The secret of producing a good photographic portrait is to engage the subject in a
collaborative effort in which both parties bring something to the final result.
Clearly this is something present in Robert Taylor’s engaging and provocative
collection of characters.He gives his subjects their individuality and a voice,
as well as making the images unique to his own personal artistic and
cultural interpretation.”

referring to Robert’s use of short interviews:

“By including the voices of his subjects as they explore the surprisingly
complicated business of being themselves,the whole enterprise becomes
far more democratic, multi-sided and ultimately worthwhile.”

Terence Pepper – Curator of Photographs – National Portrait Gallery


Life Data

Born in England 1950s
Educated at Leicester University (Law Honours)
Trained and qualified barrister, called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) early 1980s


-Royal Air Force (Air Traffic Control) 1970s
-Educational Publishing in England and Nigeria, early to end 1980s (sex education, automotive engineering and cartography)
-Photography, late 1980s to present

Other work

-Rehabilitation through art in prison ( Koestler Trust ,  trustee and volunteer)
-Sustainable development projects in Ghana (Friends of Tafo, trustee and volunteer)
-Chair of an international panel of judges for a European wide photography competition challenging assumptions about living with HIV, (One Vision, 2004-2007)

 Continuing interests and enthusiasms include:

-the broad range of visual arts
-automotive engineering
-jewellery making and wearing
-public speaking (via Toastmasters)
-contemporary dance
-sustainable sartorials
-walking in central London