About Robin Hill Photography
2016 begins my 29th year as a professional photographer. Back in 2007, I had the good fortune of spending a few hours with my hero, Julius Shulman at the opening of the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. He was 96 years old and still working and was in his 7th decade as a photographer! That experience has always stayed with me and helped to give me some perspective - which as an architectural photographer is a very handy thing! I'm deeply passionate about my chosen field and strongly believe in the power of design to affect our lives in a profound way. As an active board member of the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (AIA) - I see myself as being an integral part of the design community and my tool is photography. I've been very fortunate to have worked with some of the top names in the field, and much of the force of their creative work is displayed throughout the website.
Julius Shulman, Robin Hill and Juergen Nogal at the Glass House
photo by Hilary Lewis (c)
Spontaneity, wit, passion and meticulous attention to detail are words which sum up the photographs and the photographer. Originally from Nottingham, England, Robin Hill has made a name for himself among the mid-century modern architecture of Miami, his home since 1992. His striking photographs examine the interplay of shadow and light, lines and angles, buildings and their natural settings. Active in preservation of the iconic MiMo style for which Miami is known, and a sought-after lecturer on the modernist architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier as well as MiMo, Hill brings his passion for architecture to the photography he creates. His unique sense of style, his ability to capitalize on spontaneous opportunities which present themselves, and his enthusiasm for his subject come together in vibrant, stylish and flawless photographs that are as iconic, timeless and striking as the architecture he captures. His work has been featured in countless gallery exhibits (most recently the Guggenheim in New York), books and magazine covers. In addition to being a photographer, father, husband, book collaborator and former TV host, Robin Hill is also a contributing photographer at TROPIC Magazine, Florida Travel & Life and LUXE magazines. Robin Hill's fine art photography can be seen here
T V C R E D I T S
2005-2009 Host for EMMY Award Winning PBS Series "ART 360"
M A G A Z I N E C R E D I T S
W Magazine, Dwell, Vogue, Vanity Fair, WallPaper, Azure, Preservation Magazine, Modernism, People, National Geographic Traveler, ISLANDS, Garden Design, Elle Décor, Conde Nast Traveler, Icon, American Way, Sky, Photo District News, Ocean Drive Magazine, Inside Out, Home Los Angeles, Architectural Record, Architecture, Popular Photography, Home Miami, Florida Travel & Life, Home Fort Lauderdale, Panache, L’Arca, Shutterbug, The New York Times, Landscape Architecture Magazine, BOB-South Korea, Conde Nast Traveller UK, PLUM Magazine, Modernism Magazine, Modern, Maru Interior-Taiwan, Gestalten-Germany, Shanghai Wanchuang Culture Media-China, L'arcadizioni-Italy, Hi-Home Magazine-Russia, TROPIC, Vanity Fair (uk), Vanity Fair (Spain), Vanity Fair (Mexico) GQ (Japan)
C O M M E R C I A L C L I E N T S
PRADA, Visa International, ST Residential, Carnival Cruise Lines, Bank of America, Starwood Resorts, The Related Group, Ritz Carlton Hotels, BACARDI USA, Celebrity Cruise Lines, RFR Holdings, The Related Companies
S E L E C T ED L E C T U R E S
2016 'The Space you touch with your elbows' Keynote address. Sarasota Design Conference AIA
2015 'Chance' Creative Mornings Miami at Miami Center for Architecture and Design
2014 'Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College' Wolfsonian Museum
2012 'Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College. University of Miami School of Architecture
2012 Pecha Kucha Miami
P H O T O G R A P H Y I N B O O K S
2016 Provenance: Icon Bay for The Related Group
2012 "The Library of Philip Johnson" by Birch Cooper and Jordan Hruska published by Birch Books
2011 "The Tropical Modern Home" by Raul Barreneche published by Rizzoli
2011 "The Glass House by Philip Johnson" published by Rizzoli
2010 "Miami Architecture Guide" by Allan Shulman, Randall Robinson and Jeff Donnelly published by University of Florida Press
2008 "Cook it Like a Native" a preservation story for the Villagers
2007 "Designing the Good Life, Norman Giller and Miami Modernism" published by University Press Florida
2007 "The Glass House" published by Assouline
2007 "The Glass House" published by Pentagram
2006 "Prologue to Greatness" Story of the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami (Herald Publishing)
2004 “MiMo: Miami Modern Revealed” by Eric Nash and Randall Robinson published by Chronicle Books
1999 “National Geographic Traveler Guide to Miami and the Keys”
S E L E C T E D A W A R D S
2015 AIA Florida Architectural Photographer of the Year
2011 AIA Miami Architectural Photographer of the Year
2010 Nominee Black and White Spider Awards
2010 Stars of Design Photography Award from DCOTA
2006 Architectural Nominee International Color Photography Awards
2004 Miami Design Preservation League Appreciation Award, for MiMo Photos
2002 Print Magazine Photo Awards
1999 Miami Herald Tropical Best Photo
1999 Photo Essay of the Year, Florida Magazine Association
1996 Popular Photography - Your Best Shot
1995 Popular Photography - Zoom Photo of the Year
M O V I E C R E D I T S
2005 "Where the Truth Lies" Consultant on Mid-Century Modern Architecture and Design to Production Designer Philip Barker. Directed by Atom Egoyan.
S O L O E X H I B I T I O N S
2015 Four Seasons Restaurant 'Side by Side: The Glass houses of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson
2013 Coral Gables Museum 'A chapel in a cathedral of nature' Philip Johnson's Glass House
2010 University of Miami School of Architecture, "Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College"
2009 Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College"
2008 SNIP, Miami Beach "MiMo"
2007 Casa Décor, Miami "Waterworks"
2006 Lurie Fine Art Gallery of Miami, "Miami MiMo"
2006 Design Within Reach, Miami Beach "Le Corbusier’s Villa la Savoye"
2006 Pthalo Gallery, Wynwood "Waterworks Series"
2005 Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, "Going, Going, Gone?" Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Broward County
2005 Museum of Florida History, Tallahassee "Going, Going, Gone?"
2004 Susane R Gallery, Miami "MiMo"
2004 Newton Gallery, Miami "MiMo and Beyond"
2003 Sotheby’s Fortune International, Miami Beach "MiMo"
2003 Britto Central, Miami Beach "Song of Light, Dance of Shadow"
2003 Gallery 428, Miami Beach "What is MiMo?"
G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N S
2012 Harold Golen Gallery, Wynwood Miami "MiMo"
2009 Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY "Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward"
2010 Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain "Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward"
2008 DCOTA, Fort Lauderdale "Waterworks and MiMo"
2008 Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC "The Architecture of Philip Johnson"
2007 Art Futures, Miami "Waterworks Series"
2007 Lurie Fine Art Gallery of Miami "Waterworks Series"
2007 Casa Décor, Miami "Waterworks Series"
2005 The Gallery House, Miami "The Carillon Hotel"
2004 Art Miami, Miami Beach "MiMo"
2003 Museum of Science, Miami "MiMo"
2003 Pthalo, Miami "Waterworks Series"
2003 Miami International Airport, Miami "MiMo"
2003 Art Temple, Miami Beach "MiMo"
2003 Artopia, Miami Beach "The Motels of Biscayne Blvd"
2003 Steven Watt Gallery, Miami Motel "MiMo"
2003 Susane R Gallery, Miami "MiMo"
2003 Art Miami, Miami "The Carillon Hotel"
2003 Dot 51, Miami "Song of Light, Dance of Shadow"
2003 Gusman Theater, Miami "Dance for Life"
2003 Trinity Cathedral, Miami "MiMo"
2003 Art Serve, Fort Lauderdale "MiMo"
2002 Seymour Hotel, Miami Beach "Beyond the Box"
2002 Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, NY "New Hotels for Global Nomads"
2002 Municipal Art Society, New York, NY "Beyond the Box"
How we practice photography: Interiors and Architecture
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Robin Hill & Co, Inc Photography is very interested in your photography requirements! We’d like to take a few moments of your time to explain the way we practice photography in the hope that this will help you prepare to ‘team’ up with us and create beautiful photographs of your project(s). Through your understanding of the manner in which we practice photography, we believe we can achieve excellent results though open communication and a shared sense of creativity.
Before any actual photo shoot takes place, it is our custom to thoroughly educate ourselves about both you the client and your needs, and the location that is to be photographed. If possible we would enjoy a walk through with the client to assess design preferences, lighting concepts, location idiosyncrasies and important details, such as position of artworks, furniture addition/removal, floral requirements and crowd control. The walk through also enables us to accurately assess how long the photo shoot will take and at what times of day particular shoots can take place. Once that has been established we can provide you with an accurate estimate of costs. Sometimes, a pre-visit is not possible, in which case, we will be asking lots of questions in order to facilitate a smooth photo shoot. In particular it is critical to know at what time of day certain areas will be photographed and we would like to know your preferences regarding mood and atmosphere before the shoot begins.
Our lighting philosophy is to shoot as if the photographer was not using any! We are very concerned with the original lighting design of a project and we try to enhance that design element rather than overpower it with our own lighting. This often means using available natural light and filling in with subtle lighting of our own. Of course in some circumstances, this is not possible and we have the necessary lighting set up to deal with any size project.
Depending on the size of the project, between two and six people will be coming to the location to conduct the photo shoot, together with equipment this can be something of a disruption. Usually arriving early, before sunrise and leaving after sunset, we require the location to be somewhat controlled during the shoot, which means that the location often requires security and some degree of crowd control. Clients should know in advance that this a time consuming process and some set ups may take 2-4 hours to shoot. Other simpler shots, may take a lot less time, but the point being that generally it takes time to produce a quality photograph(s). In Public Places it is often best to shoot at times when locations are closed to the public, assuming of course you are not trying to show Grand Central Station in full flow!
Usually with interior shoots, we produce a photo full screen on a laptop before final capture is made and it is at this stage that we get approval from you, the client as to the set up of the photo. We may be taking several exposures and ‘blending’ them together in post production as is the case oftentimes with ‘contrasty’ situations. This requires a level of ‘stillness’ from all present.
1). Security and someone to aid with crowd control.
2). Electrical system should be explained before the shoot.
3). All areas should be cleaned before the shoot.
4). Flowers should be delivered either the day before or day of the shoot for freshness.
5). Cars should generally be out of view.
6). All lighting should be functioning.
7). A/C should be on and knowledge of its operation should be known.
8). Although photography is a serious business, we like to enjoy our photography in an atmosphere of collaboration and creative partnership.
The client will receive one high resolution CD/DVD and one low resolution CD of all approved photos. The photos are all ready for reproduction. We can provide prints upon request. We can also deliver your photos over the internet if that is your preference.
Robin Hill Photography requires a 50% deposit at least 72 hours before the shoot begins, with the remaining 50% payable on delivery of the photos. For your convenience we take Visa/MasterCard/American Express through paypal.
Robin Hill photography works worldwide with an emphasis on the United States and in particular South Florida, Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, The Florida Keys, Palm Beach, Florida’s West Coast and the Caribbean.
We look forward to working with you!
Robin Hill Photography
Specializing in Architectural Photography and Interior Design.
Miami Beach, Florida