Bob Plotkin

I have been taking pictures since I was a child, having started by developing and printing images in my home darkroom – and I have been photographing ever since.  I transitioned to digital in the mid 90’s which dovetailed nicely with my engineering and computer science background as I moved to using digital processing tools.

I grew up and live in Dobbs Ferry, a suburb of New York City and was introduced to photography by my father in the 1970’s. When I was a kid, we built a darkroom in the corner of our basement where I could experiment with black and white photography.   I shot for the school yearbook and high school literary magazine.  In retrospect, while I spent a lot of time with photography – I had no focus or drive (or for that matter, time) to do much more with it as I began my career as an engineer. I continued to shoot film during and after college, but was now sending film out to labs.

In the mid 90’s, I was handed my first digital camera – a Kodak DC210 – a true “megapixel” camera – 1MP.  I was working at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center at the time, and as part of my role as a creative director for a new media technology, I had to shoot materials for this new thing called the “Internet”.  I shot and produced a number of interactive photo based web projects including some of the first interactive banner ads on websites like Yahoo!

Shooting digital changed my view on photography, especially when I started using Photoshop when it was in it’s infancy.  I was shooting and editing for both work and myself on a regular basis by the end of the 90’s.  I eventually  upgraded to a digital SLR – and have never looked back – more recently shooting mirrorless and medium format.

When not shooting, being with family or attending to my “day job” in technology and finance, I can be found out on the golf course or possibly playing violin in a local orchestra. 

My work has been accepted in juried shows, received recognition in PSA international competitions as well as having won numerous awards in club and local competitions, where I have also been a judge.  My images have been published in local and international newspapers including the New York Times, magazines and books.

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