Photographer Spotlight Monday: Robert Adam Mayer

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TOAN Magazine Photographer Spotlight Monday Featuring: Robert Adam Mayer

Preferred name: Robert Adam Mayer a.k.a. Photo Rob

Where you are from: Queens, NY & Cresskill, NJ

Current area of residence: “NYC, my studio is in Brooklyn.”

Instagram: @photorobnyc

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TOAN: Do you have a focus on one specific area of photography, i.e.: fashion, landscape, portraiture, events, etc? If so, which?

Robert Adam Mayer: Portraiture, Hip Hop Documentation, Celebrity & Commerce

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2014

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2014

TOAN: What are your thoughts on saturation in the photography industry due to social media?

RAM: More voices in a conversation add to the conversation in a positive light broadening the perspectives, however the over saturation of mediocrity has done some quality damage to the industry for sure. Also It is common practice to use imagery online without crediting or paying photographers and obtaining advertising revenue on that content. Of course I’m not thrilled about that lol.

Joey Badass & Action Bronson, Brooklyn NY 2013

TOAN: Because of its origin and some specific knowledge of settings, numbers and so forth, do you consider photography an art, science, or skill/talent?

RAM: All of the above for sure. Sorry to ignore the “or” in the question as I do believe they are all integral parts of photographic expression.

Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Mixed by Ali at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2011

TOAN: How did you decide on photography as something to commit your time to?

RAM: My family supported me early on. I remember sitting in the Library (the internet didn’t exist then) and I would look at books of B & W photographers and get lost in their travels and visual vocabularies. I also just felt strong and at home in Museums if that makes any sense. I especially liked the paintings from the renaissance compositions onward and Greco-Roman sculpture and history.

Q-Tip and Kanye West performing at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.

TOAN: What do you imagine to be doing with photography in 6 months? 5 years?

RAM: Wow. I can’t see beyond next week lol. I’ve been blessed being very busy, and with my babies I’m just doing the 2 step dance: Babies & Photos, repeat and trying to rest in between. Yet the responsibilities as a parent require more income, so I will need to balance that with my calling.

Rakim for the closing hip hop show at the Knitting Factory, Manhattan 2008

Rakim for the closing hip hop show at the Knitting Factory, Manhattan 2008