Jamaica Plain Open Studios Gallery
Born in New Jersey, Robin Radin received her B.F.A. from Tufts University and The Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and her M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art. Her photographs have been published and exhibited nationally. In 2003, she was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Photography. In 2010, in collaboration with local writer Lynne Anderson, Radin's photographs were included in the book Breaking Bread: Recipes And Stories From Immigrant Kitchens, published by the University of California Press. "For over thirty years I have photographed both the cultural and natural landscape of my neighborhood in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. My work draws inspiration from the vibrant street life and its diverse population, and from the brilliance of the landscapes of Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and the Emerald Necklace parklands. In my landscape work, I am captivated by the beauty that exists in the anonymous corners at the edges of the urban wilds. My photographs are less concerned with the formalities of depicting pure landscape and more intent on betraying a human presence that permeates the landscape. My landscapes are a reckoning of order and disorder, birth and decay, beauty and neglect. It is the mystery of these co-existing contradictions that compels me to photograph within such a seemingly ordinary landscape. With my portrait work, I photograph people within their neighborhoods by highlighting their relationships with family, neighbors and the immediate physical environment. My photographs examine the intricacies of human relations: a visual acknowledgment that we are both together as community and family, and alone, as individuals. With some of my more recent work, I seek to capture quiet, introspective moments that occur in the midst of the kinetic rhythms of an urban environment."