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.
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