About Robert Birnbach:
Robert Birnbach has been a widely-respected photographer with a reputation for capturing timeless images for over 30 years. His editorial work has been featured in various international publications, including Jazz Times, Rolling Stone, Metropolitan Home, Wired, and Details Magazine.
Birnbach began photographing jazz as a teenager in New York City. As he notes: “jazz is improvised; it happens in the moment. How do you capture that moment in a photograph? How do you place the viewer back in time so they see that moment like you did; so they can hear it despite the image’s silence? For me, photography is as much about listening as it is about seeing. Jazz musicians need to be attuned to everything happening in the moment, yet they need to anticipate where to go next. I need to do that too if I am going to capture a moment. I have to listen and pay attention.”