1963 Gainesville, Florida
1978 Started Photography
1981 Graduated Gainesville High School
1985 Graduated Brown University (ScB. Neuroscience)
1985-1993 Lucasfilm, Sonic Solutions, Hollywood Projects (Lonesome Dove, Sheltering Sky, etc.) Marin and Los Angeles
1993-2008 Petroglyph, "Nonlinear", "Little Digital Video Book" "Droidmaker". Santa Cruz
2011 San Francisco
My education in photography began when I was a kid, from University of Florida professor and artist, Jerry Uelsmann. He taught my mother photography, then she taught me, and eventually I apprenticed myself to him. His effect was doubled because he also contributed to the photographic education of my parents; consequently the home I grew up in was literally a museum of historic mid-century modernist photography, from Adams to Weegee. My entire sense of vision and photographic meaning has come from this unorthodox education.
I’ve been shooting and printing photographs since I was a kid, and I resisted the transition to digital. Consequently, I stopped printing for about a decade and I only started printing again, digitally this time, in 2014. I am interested in the meaning and value of images versus photographic prints; I explore the balance between surrealism and documentary. I’m mesmerized by beauty. All my work reflects these forces.
Over the years I’ve enjoyed the support and advice of a number of artists, Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, Ted Orland, and most recently Mark Citret. My present career in photography sits at the unusual intersection of the past (as I now manage the collection I grew up with) and the future (I spent the past few years involved with innovation at Adobe).
I prefer to think of myself as a novice.
My work is in a few private collections and i've participated only in group shows to date.
Here are recent highlights:
• Featured artist, Neomodern, San Francisco, July 2017
• "Composed" a group exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery, jurored by Sam Abell; Feb 1-Mar 3, 2017
• "Old", a group exhibition at A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, jurrored by Ann Jastrab, May 20-June 26, 2016
• In Celebration of Trees, a group exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery, jurored by Tom Zetterstrom; Jan 20-Feb 12, 2016
• “How to become a San Franciscan” SF Battery Club book, directed by Stephen McLaren. December 2015
• Black and White, a group exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery jurored by Tillman Crane; Aug 25-Sept 18, 2015
• Family Matters, a group exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery, jurored by Ann Jastrab, July 28-Aug 21, 2015
• The Bay Lights [Commemorative Book], by Illuminate (dir. Ben Davis); 2015; pps 6-7, 23-33
• Inanimate Objects, a group exhibition at the MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis MN, March 2105.
Workshops & Presentations
"Group F/64 & Modernism" Distinguished Lecture Series, Zynga, San Francisco 2016
"Group F/64 & Modernism" VIEW Conference, Turin, Italy 2015
NeoModernism Masterclass, View Conference, Turin, Italy 2015
Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Birth of Pixar, 2005-2006 (45 minute performance piece - Tour Highlights: Macworld Keynote, Siggraph Vancouver, Apple Stores, University of Washington, Brown University, Columbia College, Netflix, Adobe, Chicago Museum of Natural History)
droidMAKER: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution (Triad, 2005; ePub 2012)
The Little Digital Video Book, 2nd edition (Peachpit, 2008)
iLife ’06 — Apple Training Series (Peachpit, 2006)
iLife 05 – Apple Training Series (Peachpit, 2005)
iLife 04 – Apple Training Series (Peachpit, 2004)
Making Movies with Final Cut Express (Peachpit, 2003)
Beginners’ Final Cut Pro (Peachpit, 2002)
The Little Digital Video Book (Peachpit, 2001)
Nonlinear: a field guide to digital film and video editing (Triad, First Edition:1992; Second 1993; Third 1995; Fourth 2000)
Computer Gardening Made Simple (Zick, 1984)
Defending the Galaxy: The complete handbook of videogaming (Triad,1982)
email at rubin at droidmaker dot com