Rubin, “Monterey” (2011)

I’ve been teaching this workshop this year and was recently asked if I could summarize the principles and constraints I use in my photos. So here’s the short presentation.

I used to show the fifty prints that inspired me while growing up (“The 50”) and I’d tell people that simply…

Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled (1977) — This image was my key inspiration. It took one curvy shaded line to make the rock alive and sexy. This was on the wall in my living room when I was 14 and I looked at it for countless hours.

I grew up in a home covered in historic photos from folks like Adams, Cartier-Bresson, and Kertesz. But to be honest, I was more interested in the nudes. Maybe it would be better to cop to it and just admit that I was a normal teen boy and these were…


Selfie at the deYoung, 2015

Hey everyone!

This is me: I have been a photographer for more than 40 years, a writer for fewer, a long time resident of the Bay Area, but moments away from a big move to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

When I was a kid, I was a young protégé of…

My discovered negatives.

Around the time I was applying to college in 1980, Time magazine ran a short piece about the college application process (coincidentally, at Brown); in it they described an applicant who had soaked her application in water, then let it dry completely, so it got warped. Admissions officers noted that…

In 1981, while I was convinced that video games were going to be the next big thing (and starting to write a book to that effect), my mom’s small publishing company was releasing a book on the then-unheard of issue of osteoporosis. The book STAND TALL: An Informed Woman’s Guide…

M. H. Rubin

Living a creative life, a student of high magic, and hopefully growing wiser as I age. • Ex-Lucasfilm, Netflix, Adobe. • Here are my stories and photos.

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