Robin Schwartz
Robin Schwartz
Robin Schwartz

Amelia and the Animals (2002-2015) Aperture books, 2014
Amelia & Emily and Swan Song (2016-2018)

My journey with my daughter is driven to depict our relationships with animals in the hope that these moments portray the sameness of humans and animals.

The Amelia and the Animals photographs, and the last portion of the project, Amelia & Emily and Swan Song, are drawn from actual adventures undertaken with my daughter in the interspecies private world that we inhabit with animals of all varieties.

In this world, the line between human and animal overlaps, or is blurred, where animals are part of our world, and humans are part of theirs. Amelia and I play out our fantasies, and explore our eccentricities, to create a cultural space in the photographs where animals not only co-exist with humans, but also interact as full partners.

(It’s important for me to note that Amelia is connecting with real, live, animals. No one is Photo-shopped into the images).

Artist Bios

  • Robin Schwartz

    Robin Schwartz is a photographer driven to capture the connection and sameness of animals and humans. She is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in photography with photographs in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, and others. The Aperture Foundation has published two books of Schwartz’s 20 years of photographing her daughter, Amelia, with animals. Her other books include Like Us: Primate Portraits and Dog Watching. She is a professor in photography at William Paterson University of New Jersey.


  • United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI)

    United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.

    Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.

Growing Up Amelia

 archive : 2019

Featuring: Robin Schwartz

Curated by: Sam Barzilay

Presented by: United Photo Industries (UPI)
  • United Photo Industries (UPI)


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