• Robert Dawson's Overview
        • Name:
          Robert Dawson
        • Title:
        • Department:
          Art & Art History
        • Department Member:
        • Areas of Specialization:
          Photography and History of Photography
        • Email:
        • Primary Phone:
          650 723-0513
        • Office Number (physical):
          AG 3
        • Office Hours:
          T, Th 12:00-1:00
        • Status News:
          See Additional Information/Links below
        • Research Areas:

          Water in the West Project

          Global Water Project

          American Public Library Project

          New Deal Legacy Project

        • Short Bio:

          Mr. Dawson's photographs have been recognized by a Fellowship from the National Endowment For the Arts and by a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. His books include Robert Dawson Photographs (1988); The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland (co-authored) (University of California Press, 1993); Farewell, Promised Land: Waking From the California Dream (co-authored) (UC Press, 1999) and A Doubtful River (co-authored) (University of Nevada Press, 2000). He is founder and co-director of the Water in the West Project. Mr. Dawson's photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution); and the Library of Congress. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his M.A. from San Francisco State University. He has been an Instructor of Photography at San Jose State University since 1986 and is now an Instructor of Photography at Stanford University since 1996.

        • Additional Information/ Links:

          Personal website: www.robertdawson.com

          Gallery website: www.scottnicholsgallery.com

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The French Ambassadors of King Henry II at the court of the English King Henry VIII

Oil on canvas

Holbein, Hans the Younger (1497-1543)

Photo credit: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

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Acrylic on Shaped Canvas

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