Robert's first camera © Barbara Carson

Robert's first camera © Barbara Carson

Robert Szatmari

I enjoy making fashion images as much as fine art images and truly see no boundaries between them. My main interest has always been with the human as subject, be it in editorial, portraiture, beauty, fine art or conceptual work. 


  • Freelance Photographer

  • Retouching services offered.

  • Also private tutoring available.

  • Master's of Fine Arts in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • Former instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia's Photography department 2000-2014.

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  • Brand of Mammal MGMT

  • The Oddysy

  • Yümmy Bazaar

  • Coldwell Banker Preferred Philadelphia

  • Philly Home Connection

  • Lindigua

  • brokenepisodic

  • Persuasive Apparel

  • Chloe Restaurant Philadelphia, Pa.

  • KDMA and the Actor’s Studio

  • Bocage Music Publishing, LLC

  • Tom Concordia Photography

  • Leah MacDonald Photography



Curriculum Vitae



1996-2000: Masters of Fine Arts, Imaging Arts Photography concentration, Rochester Institute of Technology.


1984-1988: Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of the Arts. 



Work Experience

2019                    Adjunct Faculty, Delaware County Community College

2016-2019          Adjunct Faculty, Art Institute Online Division Pittsburgh

2019                    Teaching Artist, University City Arts League

2019                    Teaching Artist, Main Line Art Center

2017                     KDMA Actor’s Studio Freelance Photographer

2016                     Adjunct Faculty, Rowan at Burlington County College

2015                      Freelance Retoucher for Tom Concordia Photography

2015                      Production Artist, Freelance retoucher for 160over90‏                       

2000-2014            Full-time Faculty, Photography Department at the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

1998                      Research Assistant for MFA Coordinator at RIT.

1998                      Teaching Assistant for History and Aesthetics graduate and undergraduate programs at RIT. 

1998-1999             ISM Color Lab at RIT. Digital printing as well as film processing, printing and scanning.

1992-1995            Assistant to Photographer for Steve Wienrebe Productions.




2019 A View A Room, Hoboken, NJ.

2017                   "Instant Possibilities" , North Bowl Gallery Philadelphia, PA

2017                       Main Line Art Center Faculty Exhibition

2015                       Merge Arts exhibit Philadelphia

2012                       Art Institute Group Faculty Exhibition

2005                      Art Institute Faculty Exhibition

2001                     “Still Life” Thesis exhibit at RIT Gallery

1996                      Three Photographers, The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1995                      Photo-Melange Group show, The Book Trader Gallery Phila. Pa

1995                      Perkins Center of the Arts Photography Group Show

1994                      “Plays on Light”, Group show, Drexel University

1993                      Emerging Artists group show, Limner Gallery, Soho, NY

1993                      Perkins Center of the Arts Photography Group Show

1993                      4x5 by 3 at Level 3 gallery, Philadelphia, PA





2015                   Kissing Cancer Goodbye for Full Lips fashion product website.

2013                   Léon Magazine Issue 2 Summer/Fall 2013 Editorial photographs

2012                   Ink and, featured artist

2011                   Filigree Magazine Premier Issue, Volume 1, Fall Editorial. 

2010                  Bizarre Magazine issue 165 July

2010                  Karin+Raoul Magazine, Website featured artist of the month. 

2009                 Front Magazine June.  Image used for magazine article

1996                  Millennium Magazine. What is Art? Interview. Tokyo Japan




1995                 Jurors Award at Perkins Center of the Arts

1993                 Jurors Award at Perkins Center of the Arts





Computer Software   

  • Experienced in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Lightroom. Capture One, Microsoft Office. Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Camera Formats

  • DSLR cameras, Canon EOS systems. Film camera formats including 35mm, 120 and 4x5.

Lighting equipment

  • Calumet, Dynalight, Lumadyne, Aria Pro, Profoto systems and Canon Speedlight.


  • Epson Flatbed scanner, Nikon Film scanners, Flextite Film Scanner.


  • Epson 4900, 3800 etc.




Teaching Experience




Course descriptions for courses taught:



Introduction to Photoshop:  Students learn the basic operations of the software and terminology of editing bitmapped files. 


Advanced Photoshop: This class provides students with a more in-depth experience using Adobe Photoshop. Students will explore channels, masks, basic compositing, vector tools and advanced layer techniques. In addition the course will cover efficient Photoshop workflow from input to output, advanced color correction and elementary color management.


Digital illustration:  The final Photoshop course focuses on conceptual applications of skills learned in previous courses with an emphasis on creating a portfolio series that qualifies as Photo Illustration. 


Fundamentals of Photography: In this fundamental course, students will identify basic photographic tools and their intended purposes, including the proper use of various camera systems, light meter and films selection. Students will analyze photographs to determine their positive and negative attributes and apply these principles to produce their own visually compelling images by employing the correct photographic techniques.


Photographic Design:  This course requires students to demonstrate their ability to define and solve advanced design problems. Students will analyze the characteristics and purposes of various problems and then offer clean and creative solutions for each. The students are expected to communicate ideas using symbolism appropriately.


Advanced Lighting: This course expands on the Principles of Lighting course, with an emphasis on lighting for products and people in both the studio and on location. Introduction to the necessary and correct utilization of electronic flash and lighting tools in the studio and on location are covered.


Survey of Photography: In this course students receive an overview of the photographic industry, including specialty fields available to professional photographers and a history of these fields. A working knowledge of these career fields will be obtained through lectures presented by working professionals and field trips to business locations. 


Workshop: This is the first of a series of classes in which the student’s work is analyzed in depth and a critical vocabulary is developed to critique images. The student is expected to begin producing images for their final portfolio.


Portfolio1: Students will incorporate knowledge and techniques acquired during the program to determine specific career goals and begin preparation of a professional entry-level portfolio.


Portfolio 2: Students will be required to determine specific career goals and to develop a proposed direction to take in their creative efforts. They will create an entirely new body of work to facilitate reaching their stated career goals. While students will each propose and develop their own individual project, the class itself will become a critique and support group meeting wherein the student will receive weekly feedback from the instructor and their peers. Students will be required to develop their critical and diplomatic communication skills and to participate fully and honestly in the weekly critiques.


Portfolio 3: This course is the completion of the portfolio process, initiated in the class Portfolio 2. Special emphasis in this class will be placed upon developing further, and finishing, the body of work begun in Portfolio 2. In addition, students will execute a finely crafted presentation of this work.


Special Topics: This course is designed to change on a regular basis. It looks at a specific area of creativity related to photography and design and will give students an opportunity to look at this area in-depth. Students will learn through lecture, field trips, hands-on experience and experimentation and will create a final project in the specific area.


Photographic Criticism: This course will offer an in depth study into photographic criticism. To assist students in developing a vocabulary for critically analyzing photographs, they will look carefully at contemporary critical thought. Further study will examine how personal beliefs and cultural values are expressed and represented in photography.


Issues in Contemporary Photography: In this course students research and become acquainted with current practical and theoretical methodologies in photography. Afterwards, students will learn to perform a systematical analysis and apply those results to their final proposal and project. Issues of content, presentation, style, personal expression and corporate needs will be covered.


Editorial Photography: In this course students will learn to photograph “people” featured in advertising and editorial layouts. Specific subjects covered are the fields of fashion, advertising design and marketing with concentration on editorial portraits through completion of studio location projects.


Photo Techniques: This is an intermediate course designed to further the student’s black and white photographic skills. By manipulating film exposure and development, the student will learn how to create excellent and expressive black and white prints. The student’s exploration and understanding of the photographic medium will be guided by specific set assignments, demonstrations and group critiques.


Coloring Printing and Design: In this class, students will learn color theory and how to design color images. Students will also gain a basic understanding of how to utilize color management systems, and correct digital files and prints using Adobe Photoshop software.



Principles of Digital Photography for Non-Majors: This course introduces students to the fundamental terminology, concepts and techniques of digital photography. It focuses on the principles of using color, composition, lighting and other techniques for overall thematic and visual effects of photographic images


Photographic Communication Concepts: This course concentrates upon the exploration of image concepts, content, symbolism and narrative potential of photography. Emphasis will be placed upon experimenting with alternatives to the single “documentary style” traditional approach to photography. Students will be challenged to develop a wider understanding of possible photographic solutions to problems of communication and self-expression.


History of Photography: This course provides a framework for considering critically significant photographers and their work.  Students will be expected to describe, interpret, and evaluate the origins, stylistic changes, and artistic innovations in the history of photography from the nineteenth century through contemporary times.