Robert Radin (1923-2013) was born and raised in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. After graduating from Clinton High School in the Bronx in 1941, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. An unexpected assignment to study at Baylor University in Texas may have saved his life, for a paperwork snafu returned him from Baylor to his unit's base just after all its other soldiers left for Europe where they met a tragic fate in the infamous slaughter at the Battle of the Bulge. After serving in World War II, his family moved to Los Angeles where he ventured several international trading enterprises.
In the years that followed his first mountain trek to Tibet in 1978, Radin devoted increasingly more of his time to world travel, photography and documentary film-making for adventurous independent films on environmental protection. Over four decades, he documented dozens of cultures on nearly every continent. Radin’s vision and photographic passion is well illustrated by an incident filming while he was in his late 70's. When the driver of a truck which was illegally transporting cattle in India spotted Radin on the back taking photos he took off, swerving on a steep mountainside while Radin held on for dear life, one hand clinging to the truck, the other to his camera! Radin allowed intuition to choose the moments to document with his Nikon F. He rarely used a zoom lens, and he referred to the inspiration behind taking photos as a spiritual process, a millisecond of magic. He thought often of a life beyond limits and how this Earth and humanity, so rich and so varied, are held together by an astounding commonality.
The Robert Radin Photography Collection spans four decades and includes images from Egypt, Israel, Greece, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, China, New Zealand, Antarctica, Ireland, France, England, Alaska, Ecuador, Columbia and El Salvador, Mali, Kenya, South Africa, Ivory Coast and various parts of the United States. His traveling exhibition “A Beautiful World” contains nearly 100 prints from six continents. The exhibition collections are a retrospective selected from 6,000 photos -- the life work of an outstanding photographer with a keen eye and a compassionate look at the world and the those who live in it. Photos encompass a wide range of material including landscape, animal and wild life, archaeological, adventure photography, shrines and temples (Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, Greek Orthodox), portrait photography, and anthropological studies.
“Robert Radin is a gifted photographer with a sensitivity that enables him to capture a moment in time that resonates with the viewer. It was an honor to showcase his work.” -Susan Bourque, Exhibits Coordinator, Oregon State University
"Radin's life on Earth: The living memories of who we are and what we might be if only we would acknowledge the paradise that is this Earth." -Dr. Michael Tobias, Author
"Some beautiful pictures and some beautiful thoughts by a beautiful man, Robert Radin." -William Shatner, Actor
Massachusetts General Hospital - Boston, MA; Loyola Marymount Univ. - Los Angeles, CA: Anaheim Convention Center - Anaheim, CA; Azusa Pacific Univ. - Azusa, CA; Jefferson State Community College - Brewton, AL; Oregon State Univ. - Corvalis, OR; Univ. of California - Irvine, CA; Florida State Univ. - Tallahassee, FL, Sacramento State Univ. - Sacramento, California; Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts - Valdosta, GA; Bronxville Public Library - Bronxville, NY; Skokie Public Library - Skokie, IL; The Learning Experience School - Miami, FL; Miami Children’s Hospital - Miami, FL; Saint Bonaventure Univ. - St. Bonaventure, NY; Eyes of the World exhibition - City of Irvine, CA; Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts - Blue Mountain Lake, NY; University of the Arts - Philadelphia, PA; City College of New York (CUNY) - New York, NY; The Barron Arts Center - Woodbridge, NJ; Galesburg Civic Art Center - Galesburg, IL; Art Gallery at Yonkers Riverfront Library - Yonkers, NY; Waterworks Visual Arts Center - Salisbury, NC; Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology - Winston-Salem, NC; Fitton Center for Creative Arts - Hamilton, OH; California State University Dominguez Hills - Carson, CA; National Museum of Ethiopia - Addis Ababa; Spokane Public Library - Spokane, Washington; Blue Heron School - Port Townsend, WA; Collins Gallery of Multnomah County Library - Portland, OR; Midland Library - Portland, OR; Rohrbach Library of Kutztown University - Kutztown, PA; Pasadena Central Library - Pasadena, CA
A Beautiful World: Photography and Writings 1973-2013. Blurb, San Francisco, California, 2018.
In Praise of Mother Earth: The Prthivi Sukta of the Atharva Veda. Marymount Institute Press, Los Angeles, California, 2011.
Broken and Shared: Food Dignity and the Poor on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Marymount Institute Press, Los Angeles, California, 2011.
Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence. Council Oak Books, San Francisco, California, 2008.
Ahimsa, Non-Violence, Associate Producer and Still Photographer, KRMA - TV Denver: film and book, 1987. (DVD, 2009)
Life Force: The World of Jainism, pg. 24 & 44, Asian Humanities Press, Berkeley, California, 1991.
A Day in the Life of Ireland, Associate Producer and Still Photographer, WNET - Channel 13, PBS, New York, 1991.
A Parliament of Souls: In Search of Global Spirituality, Associate Producer and Production Photographer: film and book, all portrait photographs, KQED Books and Tapes, San Francisco, CA, 1995.
World War Three: Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium, Associate Producer and Production Photographer, PBS documentary film and book, Bear & Company, Santa Fe, NM, 1994; Revised edition, Continuum, 1998.
A Vision of Nature: Traces of the Original World, pg. 105, pg. 255, Kent State University Press, Kent, OH, 1995.
The Search for Reality: The Art of Documentary Film Making; Photos on pg. 88 & pg. 223, "The Documentary: The Near Perfect Vehicle," pg. 225 -- written commentary by Robert Radin; Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City, California, 1997.
The Heritage of World Civilizations, Volume One: To 1650, pg. 52, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1997.
A Parliament of Minds, Associate Producer and Still Photographer: film and book, cover photo and all portrait photographs, Sate Univ. of New York Press, New York, New York, 1999. Cover photo -- Nile River: Theban Necropolis, Valley of the Kings. (1980).
The World & I, December, 1986, Vol. I, No. 12, "The Jains," pg. 499 & pg. 507; Washington Times Corporation.
Mountain People, (Production Brochure), Maryland Public Television, pg. 6, 1987The Hollywood Reporter, March 17, 1987, Vol. CCXCVI, No. 20, pg. 84: for KRMA - Channel Six, Denver, Colorado: "Ahimsa."
Terra Nova: nature and culture: "The World and the Wild," Volume 3, No. 3, Summer 1998; pg. 8, pg. 9 & pg. 13, MIT Press.
LA Weekly, "Messages From the Marsh," September 18-24, 1998, pg. 19.