Robin de Puy

Robin de Puy’s (b. 1986) photographs start with a desire to tell her own story through the faces of others. Whether it’s the freckled adolescent she noticed while refueling in Wyoming, or the boy Randy she met in Nevada while on her American road trip, de Puy sees the camera as an aid to understand the deeply personal traits and histories of each person — and how they also reveal something about herself. Many of her encounters are fleeting, a heartfelt glance into the life of someone else before time resumes its frantic pace. In others, as with Randy, those same transient experiences blossom into profound and enduring relationships. Regardless of which ending they have, de Puy’s photographs are always imbued with a sensitivity and timelessness which encourage a slow gaze on the human condition.

Born in the Netherlands, de Puy studied at the Fotoacademie Rotterdam and has been exhibited internationally at institutions and galleries. Her work is held in major public and private collections.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Robin de Puy

Down By The Water

Old Fulton Street and Prospect Street
 archive : 2022

Presented by The Ravestijn Gallery, Photoville and NYC Parks, with additional support from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

The longer I do not travel, the more I turn to the place where I live. I see how my environment takes care of me — how the baker and the greengrocer bring groceries to my doorstep every Saturday morning — how all kinds of people call this their town, their neighborhood, their home.

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If This is True… 8,000 Miles on a Motorcycle in the USA

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2016

“I do not want to go back – no launch parties or openings anymore. Wearing the same pair of jeans every day, feeling the sun on my skin and deciding whether I will stay or go on the day itself. I also love that everything I own here fits into two saddle bags and a backpack.”

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