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Aperture In Person

Robin Schwartz: Amelia and the Animals

Monday, December 1

7:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street New York, NY


This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

Join Aperture, Robin Schwartz, and her daughter, Amelia Paul Forman for a talk and book signing of Amelia and the Animals, Schwartz’s second monograph featuring the collaborative photographic series dedicated to documenting her and her daughter’s adventures among the animals. Work by Schwartz will also be on view for the evening in Aperture’s bookstore.

Since Amelia was three years old, she has been her mother’s muse and the subject of her photographs. However, not every mom is a world-class photographer with a predilection for photographing animals. And it’s not every teenager who has portraits of herself with elephants, llamas, ponies, tigers, kangaroos, chimpanzees, and endless dogs, cats, and other animals—portraits that hang in the collections of major art museums around the world. These images are more than documents of Amelia and her rapport with animals; they offer a meditation on the nature of interspecies communication and serve as evidence of a shared mother-daughter journey into invented worlds, of fables they enact together.

Robin Schwartz (born in Passaic, New Jersey, 1957) earned an MFA in photography from Pratt Institute, and her photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, both New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Brooklyn Museum; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; and Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany. She is an associate professor of photography at William Paterson University and lives in New Jersey with her husband, Robert Forman, daughter, Amelia, and five companion animals.

Amelia Paul Forman is a high schooler, animal lover, and aspiring biologist. She writes, draws, photographs, and travels.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the board and Members of Aperture Foundation.


Robin Schwartz: Amelia and the Animals