Bob Estrin Photography
Exhibited April, 2008

       Some Arizona photographers win acclaim for their Sonoran desert landscapes, others for intricate macro-photography of cactus blossoms and lynx spiders, revealing the world in minute detail. Acclaimed Gilbert photographer Bob Estrin captures the beauty of nature, but also manages to find the artistic side of empty homes, decrepit mining-town structures and forgotten debris. His signature style was on exhibit during April, 2008, in the Visitor Center Gallery here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

       "Travel and photography are two of my great passions in life. Photography is the medium of choice for my creative expression, allowing me to document my own experiences. I've been a photographer for more than three decades and find I'm still excited about the power and magic of photography, and its ability to capture my own unique, selective perception of a given moment... preserving that moment in a form that I can share with the viewer." See more of his work at

      "I grew up in a Northwest suburb of Chicago and became fascinated with photography at an early age, buying my first 35mm camera in 1971 for a high school photography class. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional photography from Southern Illinois University, and in 1999 when I moved to Arizona I found the beauty of the Southwest all around me - fueling my passion for photography."

      "It is my goal as artist and photographer to encourage closer examination of ordinary things by presenting them in unusual context. My subjects vary widely, but I find myself repeatedly drawn to landscapes and objects from the past such as ghost towns, abandoned buildings and old cars -- as well as the influence of man on these subjects."

        "A fine photograph is not only the creation of the original camera exposure, but also the result of significant technical and aesthetic consideration while making the final print. My goal is not simply to record a literal moment in time, but also to capture the emotion or experience of that moment."

        Higher resolution image of these images are available via or by calling 480-926-4281. Read a more in-depth interview with the artist

Bob Estrin Photography Workshops Were April 13 and April 27

        Got five questions you wish you could pose to a professional photographer? Gilbert artist Bob Estrin had a solo exhibition in the visitor center gallery at Boyce Thompson Arboretum during April, 2008, and he offered two separate lectures on April 13 and again April 27. designed to help improve participants' photography. A two-hour "Q-and-A with the Artist" was April 13: a freewheeling afternoon in the lecture room where Estrin will answer photography questions emailed in advance by a dozen participants... and also show slides of his work and talk about photography from both film and digital cameras; post-processing, printing, and other topics -- a customized lecture entirely structured around what participants want to know, and supported by the artists' own photos chosen for relevant explanations.
        The April 27 class was an "in-the-field" workshop on landscape photography, exploring how digital photography is changing the way people take pictures, and explaining how to exploit features unique to digital cameras to enhance your photography. Bob Estrin is an award-winning artist whose works have been exhibited at the Arizona Museum for Youth, Chandler's Vision Gallery, Gilbert Municipal Court Building and Gammage Auditorium.
         Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson (take Oracle Road North to Highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then East for another 12 miles). Monthly exhibits may be seen in our Visitor Center gallery daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (summer hours 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from May-through-August). The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. Review other recent gallery shows by ...

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Susan Strom and Cathy Franklin Lightning Photography February, 2008
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Carolyn Gray & Connie Thomas December, 2007
Jean Sullivan November, 2007
Sue Cullumber October, 2007
Adriane Grimaldi September, 2007
Pima College print-making students July-August, 2007
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2007
Fred Charlton May, 2007
Paul Mudersbach March-April, 2007
Linda Kaiser February, 2007
Edith Kreueger-Nye December, 2006 - January, 2007
Cindy Carrillo October-November, 2006
Bob Rice September, 2006
Bud Heiss July-August, 2006
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2006
Sandy Tracey April-May, 2006
CJ Rider March, 2006
Jessica Green February, 2006
Steve Davidson January, 2006
Don & Carole Schupp December, 2005
Carolyn Gray November, 2005
Martha Burgess October, 2005
Boeing Photographers September, 2005
Lightning Lady Susan Strom July/August, 2005
Mesa Arts League June/July, 2005
Jeanette Bronson May, 2005
Tom Stanley April, 2005
Kathy McClure February-March, 2005
Pam Smyth January, 2005
Tina Faust December, 2004

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