Robert Pennington is a Brooklyn-based documentary photographer and filmmaker. He has worked in media arts for 25 years in the US, South Pacific, Europe and Latin America. His recent photographic work investigates socio-political, cultural and economic phenomena, and their impact on the human condition. He focuses on the margins of society, where oftentimes hubris and virtue are easily transposed and human architecture gravely affected. The impressions embedded in these communities and the narratives discovered impel his practice.
Earlier in his career, Pennington worked as an editor and has also produced and directed. His editorial work has been shown at Cannes, Sundance, and the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals. His directorial project, Polynesian Power, premiered on ESPN and later on PBS. He has also produced and edited projects for HBO, Disney, Telemundo, and various advertising agencies.
Solo exhibitions include: University of Southern Maine Atrium Gallery, Lewiston, Maine (2017); Sin Título Galería, Bogotá, Colombia (2017); Externado University Galería de la Biblioteca, Bogotá, Colombia (2017); University of New England Ketchum Gallery, Biddeford, ME (2017).
Group exhibitions include: UNE Art Gallery –In Black and White and Color: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Portland, ME (2017); 440 Gallery –Home, Brooklyn, NY (2017); National Museum of Photography of Colombia –Fotográfica Bogotá – Territorios, Bogotá, Colombia (2017); Repair The World NYC –No Place Like Home, Brooklyn, NY (2016); BRIC/Arts Center –Up for Debate, Brooklyn, NY (2016); 440 Gallery –Annual Small Works Show, Brooklyn, NY (2016 and 2015).
Awards, Collections and Commissions include: 440 Gallery – Juror Selection Best in Show –Home, Brooklyn, NY (2017); The FOTOMUSEO Collection – National Museum of Photography of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia; Steven K. Halpert Photographic Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine; Community Councils Commission, CCAMDA/Calima Bajo, – Photographic Series –Subsistencia, Valle del Cauca, Colombia (2017).
Pennington holds a B.F.A. from New York University.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Refugee Migration – NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Morning at the Border, Horgoš, Serbia (2015). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
Refugee Migration – NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Doubt, Gevgelija, Macedonia (2015). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
Internal Displacement – ZERO: Morning, Soacha, Colombia (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
Internal Displacement – ZERO: Work, Chocó, Colombia (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist