ROBB KENDRICK (b. 1966)
Robb Kendrick has been interested in photography from a young age. He grew into a self-taught photographer and chose photography as his major in college. Kendrick says that he is inspired by people and the environments that shape their lives. His work is greatly influenced by the Texas characteristics of independence and pride as well as the rough environment and challenging weather.
Over the years, Robb Kendrick’s photos for National Geographic have won him international recognition. In the past decade, however, his work as a tintype artist has earned him even wider acclaim. Kendrick has resurrected the tintype format, a photo technique from the mid-19th century, to bring a haunting timelessness to his portrait subjects which include cowboys from the West, Tarahumara Indians in Northern Mexico, and mummies in Guanajuato, Mexico. The tintype photos he creates with the wet-plate process are all handmade from start to finish, making each a unique, one-of-a-kind image.
Kendrick has published four books of tintypes. His first book, Revealing Character: Texas Tintypes, was also a traveling exhibition featured at eight major museums throughout Texas. The wet-plate portraits of working cowboys in Still: Cowboys at the Start of the 21st Century were made in 14 Western states, Mexico, and Canada.
Kendrick believes that his art is driven by connecting with people, sharing stories and meals together, and capturing them in their environments.
Selected Biographical and Career Highlights
• 1963 Born in Spur, Texas
• 1981–85 East Texas State University, Commerce
• Frequent Instructor for National Geographic seminars and workshops
• Book Publications:
2005 Revealing Character: Texas Tintypes, Bright Sky Press
2008 Still: Cowboys at the Start of the 21st Century, University of Texas Press
2009 Changelings, Cloverleaf Press
2011 History of the Waggoner Ranch, Four-O Publishing
• Magazine Publications:
In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits, cover image, November 2004
“21st Century Cowboys,” National Geographic, December 2007
• Currently resides in Austin, Texas
• 2004 Best Portraits of National Geographic, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
• 2005–07 Solo exhibition of tintypes, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin; International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen; National Cowgirl Museum, Fort Worth; Old Jail Art Center, Albany; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon; Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock; Witte Museum, San Antonio
• 2011 Solo retrospective, The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, San Marcos
• 2012 Restless Heart: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo
• 2013 Holidays at the Haley, Haley Memorial Library, Midland
• 2014 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas
• 2015 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring
• 2015 Ties that Bind: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas
Selected Public Collections
• Frost Bank, Houston
• Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
• Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
• Ralph Lauren Collections
• Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York
• Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, San Marcos