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"Photography has given me the opportunity to explore my child and the worlds I have dreamed to enter. Decisively photographing my daughter, Amelia, sometimes combining my life-long obsession with animals, has dared me to transform my photography, in concept and presentation.... My goal continues to be to catch a society of interspecies relationships and their activities—my imaginary world comes to life." —Robin Schwartz


Robin Schwartz's work was first brought to you by Aperture in the monograph Amelia's World (2008), part of the Tinyvices book series. Within this body of work, the artist makes meticulously composed, disquieting portraits of her daughter, Amelia, interacting with a range of exotic animals, from monkeys to kangaroos. Her startling portraits reference painting and often hint at open-ended narratives and fairytales, while illuminating our fascination with the animal world.


Robin Schwartz (born in Passaic, N.J., 1957) makes meticulously composed, disquieting portraits of her daughter, Amelia, interacting with a range of exotic animals, from monkeys to kangaroos. Her startling portraits reference painting and hint at open-ended narratives. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other institutions. Her photographs have appeared in the New York TimesFaderInterview, and the Los Angeles Times. Her other books include Like Us: Primate Portraits (W.W. Norton, 1993) and Dog Watching (Takarajima Books, 1995).

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