ROBIN BROADBENT

PHOTOGRAPHER + FILM DIRECTOR

ROBIN BROADBENT

Over the course of three decades, London-born, New York-based photographer Robin Broadbent has established a singular pictorial aesthetic infused with an innate understanding of texture, shape, form and abstraction. Renowned for his illustrative depictions of seemingly larger than life objects, Broadbent’s still life photographs transform vernacular subject matter into monumental revelations that deftly command the interplay between light, space, form and shadow to create a startling sense of proportion, scale and dimension.

Initially planning to study medicine, Broadbent approaches his work with the nuance of a poet and an unmatched surgical precision. He embraces a monochromatic, minimalistic approach, challenging our perceptions in a way that recalls the early days of Surrealism, and experiments with the playfulness of his work. Through formal qualities of space, shape, light and line borrowed from the theories of aesthetic minimalism, Broadbent’s evocative photographs demand attention as sensuous entities with charged surfaces.

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Intermission Magazine
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GQ Magazine
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GQ Magazine
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Hole & Corner Magazine
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Hole & Corner Magazine
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Intermission Magazine
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Intermission Magazine

“From a porterhouse steak to a lipstick or a pair of high heels, Broadbent’s photos are the natural heir to Irving Penn’s.”

-Bottega Veneta
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Town & Country Magazine
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David Yurman campaign
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DuJour Magazine
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DuJour Magazine
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Dior campaign
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Cartier campaign
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Prada campaign
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Port Magazine
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Frederic Malle campaign
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Prada ‘La Femme’ campaign
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Frederic Malle campaign
V Magazine

“I like to play with the ambiguity of scale and size. There’s nothing in these images to define either size or scale and you don’t know whether you’re looking at something macro/micro or to the other extreme, something planetary.”

-Robin Broadbent
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Milk Makeup campaign
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NARS campaign
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NARS campaign
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Hourglass campaign
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Hourglass campaign
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V Magazine

“He is a stand-alone artist, especially in these days of 'me too' advertising when most ads are interchangeable and “me too” fashion photography when anyone who has ever held a camera thinks they are a photographer. They are not, and Robin Broadbent shows us why.”

-The Kinsky

Beauty

 

Celebrated for his exquisite photographs and packshots of sumptuous beauty products, Broadbent’s oeuvre melds conceptual photography with commercial work for skincare brands including La Mer, La Prairie, RéVive and Dove as well as premium art and cultural publications. His lush editorial commissions have been published in Vogue, V Magazine, Numéro, At Large, Wallpaper*, WSJ., T Magazine, Document Journal, Hole & Corner, Port, and Rollacoaster.

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GQ Magazine
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Numéro Magazine
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Numéro Magazine

“My work is a study and exploration of objects. I keep things very simple and reduce down to the minimum, with a balance of interest and tension with the negative and positive spaces. I get excited by shape and form and how they interact or repeat – either in a random or organized way.”

-Robin Broadbent
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Spirits

 

Furthering his exploration of depth and dimensionality, Broadbent leverages his acute sense for identifying and capturing the glancing profile of a bottle or glass in collaborations with international spirits brands such as Bulldog, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, and Smirnoff. In these iconic campaigns, his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.

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L’Officiel Magazine
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L’Officiel Magazine
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Bulldog campaign
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Bulldog campaign
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House & Garden Magazine
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Wallpaper* Magazine
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Port Magazine
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Wallpaper* Magazine
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Wallpaper* Magazine
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Wallpaper* Magazine
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Wallpaper* Magazine
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WSJ. Magazine: ‘Light Now’
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WSJ. Magazine: ‘Light Now’
Hole & Corner magazine

“Before I ever knew of him by name, I was in love with his work; it positively fascinated me, it intrigued me and it was somewhat reminiscent of Penn’s still life.”

-Jeffrey Felner, The Kinsky
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Bottega Veneta
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Bottega Veneta

“The first photographer I collaborated with was Robin Broadbent for the Fall/Winter 2002/2003 campaign. It was not long after I had started at Bottega Veneta, when I was redefining the brand by focusing entirely on the craftsmanship. I had created the Cabat bag, and Robin took a still life image of the leather strips that are woven together to create its shape. The power of the image is in its simplicity, in celebrating the raw materials and the skills of the craftspeople who work with them.”

-Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta
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Stuart Weitzman
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Stuart Weitzman
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Altuzarra campaign
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Altuzarra campaign
Sonos campaign
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Samsung campaign
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Samsung campaign
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Nike
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Nike
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David Yurman campaign
David Yurman campaign
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“Broadbent takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary, the common becomes uncommon, and the pedestrian almost esoteric.”

-New York Journal of Books
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Publications

 

Published by Italian art publisher Damiani in 2018, ‘The Photographic Work of Robin Broadbent’ is a highly personal and intimate examination of Broadbent’s body of work and his first major monograph. Sequenced with designer Doug Lloyd, with whom he has partnered on a number of advertising campaigns, the sumptuously printed photobook develops further the patient and obsessive investigation of shadow and texture seen in Broadbent’s work for brands. It features a bold sequence of monochromatic images, predominantly black and white, with surprising pockets of color. The publication concludes with an artist’s note poetically revealing the core process of reduction and abstraction integral to his practice.

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