A friend once said that everyone has their own tragedy… this is mine.
Where’s My Happy Ending? intends to be as subjective as it is provocative, navigating and interpreting the world of medically assisted fertility treatments and the range of anticipation, promises, and disappointments as experienced by prospective parents. After too many tests and procedures, and more emotional upheaval than we care to recount, this collection of photographs, drawings, and ephemera is the closest I have come, so far, to making sense and taking control of this extremely challenging and personal struggle.
What began as some naive drawings and playful snapshots has become a uniquely meaningful and rewarding project. Daily, my wife and I remain united, actively engaged in, and focused on our desired outcome: a healthy happy family of our own genetic makeup.
Saul Robbins is interested in the ways people interact with their surroundings, and the psychological dynamics of intimacy. His photographs are motivated by observations of human behavior and personal experience, especially those related to loss and unity. He is best known for the series Initial Intake, which examines the empty chairs of Manhattan-based psychotherapy professionals from their clients’ perspective, and How Can I Help? – An Artful Dialogue, a pop-up exhibition and installation into which he invites strangers to speak with other artists and himself about any topic they wish for free and in complete confidence. Robbins is currently working with Pelican Bomb in New Orleans, LA, using the ideals of these projects as the framework to address the need for more available mental health services.
Exhibitions include The Bolinas Museum, Blue Sky Gallery, chashama, CurateNYC, Deutsche Haus at NYU, Griffin Museum, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO, Lilac Arts, MASQUILIBROS Art Book Fair, Massachusetts General Hospital, MICA, Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Ost Gallery, Moscow, Photoville 2014, Portland Art Museum, Philoctetes Center, Rayko, The Wellin Museum of Art, and others. Publications include Aufbau, Berlin Tagesspiegel, CPW Quarterly, D – La Repubblica, The Daily Mail, DART, Feature Shoot, Literate Lens, Love Issue, More, The New York Times, Real Simple, Slate, Wired, and others. Grants and awards include AJPA Rockower, chashama Windows Award, Clarence John Laughlin Award (Finalist) Covenant Foundation, Gunk Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts, Sony World Photography Awards (Finalist), and The US Embassy in Tbilisi. Curatorial projects include Projecting Freedom: Cinematic Interpretations of the Haggadah (2010), Regarding Intimacy (2007), and No Live Girls, Peep Show 28 (2002). Robbins received his MFA from Hunter College and is Adjunct Faculty of Photography at International Center of Photography (ICP). Since 2011 he has been consulting privately and leading Master Workshops internationally, working with artists to advance their communication skills and professional development practices. Robbins work may be viewed at http://www.saulrobbins.com.