Robert Palumbo has been producing, directing, and shooting film and TV for over 20 years, and has been a fine art photographer since the early 1990’s. He is an Emmy nominee, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography. As a still photographer, his work has been exhibited in New York, London, and Berlin, and is included in many prestigious private and public collections, including the New York Historical Society, the Smithsonian, and Lever House. He has worked for National Geographic, the New York Times, Du Magazine, Vice, YRB, The Fall, Gallimard, and many other clients.
Robert was Executive Producer at National Geographic, where his projects included MARS, an innovative hybrid of documentary and fully scripted drama, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, the Emmy award-winning series about the state of climate change around the world, and INSIDE THE HUNT FOR THE BOSTON BOMBERS, a feature documentary told from the perspective of the FBI agents who so swiftly tracked down the terrorists.
Before joining Nat Geo in 2012, Robert worked as a showrunner, producer, director, and director of photography on a wide variety of projects, including LEFT OF THE DIAL, a verite feature doc on HBO’s “America Undercover” series on which he was producer and director of photography, EVERY MARRIAGE IS A COURTROOM, on Showtime’s “This American Life” on which he was also producer and DP, and “Frontline” for PBS, on which he was embedded with the Obama For President team in the run-up to the 2008 Election as a shooter/producer. Working as a freelance shooter/producer for National Geographic, he worked in South Sudan, Ethiopia, and India on the acclaimed series “Doctors Without Borders”, at the genocide trials in Rwanda for “Geography of Crime and Punishment,” and on the science collaboration with the New York Times, “Science Times.”
Robert holds a B.A. in English, with minors in Political Science and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.F.A. in Film from Temple University, where his student films won several national and international awards, including a national student Emmy for his drama MAD MONEY.
His solo retrospective exhibit MORTAL, was held at Pamela Salisbury Gallery (https://pamelasalisburygallery.com) in Hudson, New York, from September 4-October 4, 2020. He will be showing new work at PSG in January, 2022. He is also working on a series of books featuring the work in Mortal, and a collaboration with poet Marcella Durand, "shadows of glaciers". th
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