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The Donald M. Robinson Collection

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is the chief repository of the work of Donald M. Robinson, an internationally acclaimed photographer who has traveled the world in search of compelling images.  Numbering in excess of 800 objects, the Robinson collection includes documentary and nature photographs taken on six continents and in more than 60 countries. 


Although diverse, Robinson’s subjects are united in the artist’s self-conscious search for beauty and universal empathy.  Echoing nineteenth-century paintings of the Hudson River School, Robinson’s landscape photographs are notable for their amplitude and scenic grandeur.  In his ethnographic and documentary portraits, a strong sense of human feeling emerges through even the most (to western eyes) alien of costumes.  Robinson himself states: “I don’t look upon my subjects as curiosities…I look for stories in their faces –sadness, anger, and humor.”


Robinson studied photography with Cole Weston, Jay Masiel, William Neill, Arnold Newman, and Philip Hyde.  His first mature works were made in Mexico around 1960; since then, Robinson has traveled extensively throughout the world and in the United States.  He has exhibited his work widely, and has received numerous distinctions, including the title of EFIAP (Artist of Excellence) from the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique and the Galaxy Award of the Photographic Society of America.




Donald M. Robinson

Sunset and Storm, Canadian Rockies, 1991

Donald M. Robinson
Child's Greeting, Ethiopia, 1988