Bob Herbst - Photographer, Printmaker, & Teacher

Bob Herbst has been photographing and printing in platinum/palladium and silver gelatin since 1970 and has achieved international recognition as a master printer. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Progressive Insurance Corporation, Washington National Cathedral, and the Orkney Museum in Kirkwall, Scotland. Bob taught the platinum/palladium printing process for a number of years at colleges and universities in the northeastern Ohio area as a visiting artist - at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the University of Akron, Hiram College, and Cuyahoga Community College. His modern architecture portfolio of platinum prints was included in the Midwest Photographers' Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago from 2003-2005. In the early 2000's Bob pioneered the use of a UV densitometer to calibrate ink jet printers for making digital negatives for alternative photographic processes such as platinum/palladium, Van Dyke brown, and cyanotype printing. This work was published and later presented at the Alternative Photography International Symposium (APIS) in Santa Fe in 2001 and 2005. His extensive knowledge and expertise resulted in an invitation to write an appendix for the comprehensive book on the platinum/palladium printing process, Platinum and Palladium Printing, by Dick Arentz, 2005.
Bob is past president and former board member of the Friends of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art.