Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Robert Gertz - Spring 2012

Robert Gertz of Scottsdale, Arizona, has always been interested in photography, but he did not come to his craft early. Working after school and on weekends in his brother’s frame shop as a teen, he learned framing and matting and began his interest in the art world. His experience there led to many years in the custom frame and matting business. One of the first expressions of his artistic skill was making custom mats and he became an expert at creating unusual designs and even logos carved into multi-layer mats. His constant exposure to many different forms of art sharpened Bob’s eye for detail, balance and color and his curiosity about photography also grew. He began experimenting with various cameras and films by first shooting 35mm film. But he wasn’t satisfied with the results when compared to the best he had seen in his frame customer’s work. His dissatisfaction led Bob to experiment with medium format cameras, and after only a few rolls of film, he realized he had discovered his passion.