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World Culture Through the Photographer’s Lens


“My passion is to document the cultural past, alive in the present and by putting it on film, preserve it for the future.” Robert Sudzinski

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Robert Studzinski Presents:

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Biography

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Ethiopia

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Donkey Cafe Exhibition

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Africa

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Artist’s Statement

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Robert Studzinski

Biography

Robert is a self-taught freelance photographer. His chosen work is making real-life, extemporaneous portraits in the field—images that can take you into a person, their time and place. Robert also spent thirty years on the mean streets of Columbus, Ohio as a parole officer for young felons, retiring in 2000. His passion is to document the cultural past, alive in the present and by putting it on film, preserve it for the future. His photography focuses on indigenous and endangered people with long-term projects in the Amazon, Central America and the rural Midwest. Robert was initially inspired to photo-journalistically investigate revolutionary Nicaragua in the early 1980’s. Robert worked with Darke County Bridge Builders- a group of juveniles on probation sponsored by Darke County Recovery rehabilitating Tylertown, Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (8/06). He also investigated volatile East Timor’s coffee co-ops for fair-trade roaster, Just Coffee (5/06).

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Robert Studzinski Biography Most recently his work has appeared in Chicago Daily Herald stories on the oil industry (3/5/06) and reality tourism (5/21/06). His retrospective exhibit-‘International Images and Conversations’(5/06), was sponsored by the Columbus Council on World Affairs and Wachovia Securities. The subject of his current series of slide talks is ‘The Amazon and Our Addiction to Oil’. He received a Puffin Foundation grant in 2000 to document the Holy Week traditions of the Tarahumara of Mexico. American Photo (11/02) selected his image of a desolate Karo tribesman as a winner in photojournalism. American Photo similarly chose “Assume the Position” for its 11/00 edition. The San Antonio Current (3/12/02) used a striking headshot of a Tzotzil Zapatista leader as its cover. A moment of compassion following a Mursi tribal piercing, earned second place with the International Libraries of Photography (4/00). Robert accompanied the University of California Research Expeditions in Laos (2001) and Mali (2005) documenting traditional textile making. Puffin, A Gallery exhibited his Nepal collection “Once the Forbidden Kingdom” in Columbus (11/02). This followed in extensive retrospective show at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (9/02) Park Gallery of Patan, Nepal featured his “Wild Tribes of Southern Ethiopia” (4/09) as did Mt. Vernon Nazarene College (1/02). His Yanomamo work “A Fragile Eden” Robert Studzinski

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Robert Studzinski Biography was shown at Ohio University Lancaster (10/01) and Puffin Gallery (5/01) after a run at the Art Association of Harrisburg, PA (10/99). Lake West in conjuction with Seagate Gallery, Toledo, Ohio took “Assume the Position” and “Still Waitng for that New Day” (in Soweto) on the road (5/99) in an exhibit shown in Spain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Japan. His work had also appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kathmandu Post, Sojourners, National Lampoon, Children for Habitat and Habitat for Humanity: Building around the World, along with other venues. Robert was reared in a poor, blue collar, first generation home in the Warszawa neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. In his extended family he grew up fascinated with stories of peasant life and war in the Old Country. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa Key from Ohio University (BA in Geography 1970), he was a Kosciuszko Foundation Scholar in grad school. However, the pressing needs of a wife and daughter soon propelled him into more prosaic work for the State of Ohio.

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01 Squeaking Out a Living 02 Dogon Direct 03 Elder of Ende 04 Loss at a Tender Age

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01 Defender of Dus Karo Tribe 02 We Call Him Mr. America Karo Tribe

Ethiopia

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Sisters of Mursi Mursi Tribe, Ethiopia

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Shaman’s Blessing Don Jose Shijuango, Napo Quechua Ecuador

South America

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Assume the Position Yanomamo Tribe, Venezuela

And Now, a Song of Peace FMLN Guerrilla, el Salvador Robert Studzinski

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Suriname left to right

That Hollow Feeling What the Future Holds Parade Rest 2008

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01 Country Proud 02 Aucan Sunshine 03 Sporting Your Colors

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United States

Rosemary’s Baby Wild Tribe of Vinton County


Donkey Cafe Exhibition

Robert Studzinski’s work, on display November 2009 at the Donkey Cafe in Athens Ohio.

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Robert Studzinski’s work focuses on the cultural past, found alive in the present day, captured on film and preserved for the future. His primary subjects are the indigenous peoples of the world, including natives of Africa and South America. The design of this magazine had to be simple and understated. It could not overpower the work it contained; I wanted the compelling photographic images to be the main focal point. I created a minimalist look for the magazine with nominal text other than the biography. Most of the pages consist of a few images, eliminating unnecessary detail, allowing the earthy, primitive subjects of the photographs to speak for themselves. This was a special project for me as Robert is my uncle and I grew up fascinated by the images he captured with his camera. I am pleased to be able to pay this small tribute to his body of work.

Robert Studzinski Photography studzinskiphoto.com studzinskiphoto@gmail.com 614-231-4016


World Culture Through the Photographer's Lens