Robert Adler

Robert Adler’s love of photography began as a child when he started to take pictures of his surroundings with a Brownie Holiday camera. By age 11 he had built his own darkroom and learned the fundamentals of processing and printing Black and White photographs. Later, in college his classes in communications rekindled his photography flame.  He picked up the camera again and began a career as a photographer that has lasted over 30 years.

After graduating from Temple University, Robert traveled throughout Europe and on returning home to Philadelphia, he got his  professional start working as an assistant in a large commercial photography studio. After leaving that job, he began freelancing as a  photojournalist which he continues to do up to the present time.

In 1974, Robert had a chance opportunity to photograph the strippers who worked at the landmark Philadelphia Burlesque theater, The Troc. The series, Burlesque, won awards and has been exhibited both in the U.S. and internationally. 
The experience of working with the women at the Troc, deeply affected him and created a desire to explore and document the sexual underground which inspires Robert to this day.
In the intervening years, Robert has had numerous exhibitions of his work and his photographs have been reproduced in books and magazines both here and abroad. 
Prints from the Burlesque series are in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Robert lives and works in San Francisco.

Major Exhibitions
1976       AIGA Juried Photography Exhibition - New York, NY

2001       Group Exhibition Club 181 – San Francisco CA

2003       Paris Photo – Louvre Museum, Paris France -                     Represented  by Galerie 1900-2000 

2004       Group Exhibition – Shooting Gallery - San Francisco CA  

2008       Solo Exhibition – Hyde Street Gallery –San Francisco CA

2013       Group Exhibition - Photo - Oakland CA

2014       Group Exhibition - Photo Independent - Coagula Curatorial  Angeles CA

2015       Group Exhibition - EMS NUDE SURVEY 1 - Jamie Brooks Gallery - Costa Mesa CA

Prints are in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

1995         SAN FRANCISCO NUDE, Seibundo  Shinkosha

2004         BURLESQUE,  Catapult Books

2011         THE NEW EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY, Taschen

2017         DUNGEON GODDESSES, Catapult Books                           Available on Apple I Bookstore

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