Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Weingarten devoted the first thirty years after his graduation from Baruch College to a successful career in finance. Passionate about photography from a young age, he pursued it as a hobby until he chose to commit himself fully to exploring it some fifteen years ago.
Weingarten is primarily a self-taught photographer, and his debut came in 1997 with a series of Italian landscape photographs. The 6:30 A.M. series, begun in 2003, chronicled the changing colors of sky, water and land by capturing an identical ocean view from his home in Malibu, California at the same time each day for one year. This series will be the subject of the artis'ts upcoming solo-exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts (2014). The interest in the perception of color and abstraction that is evident in the 6:30am Series is equally present in the Palette Series (2004-2007), in which Weingarten produced abstract compositions from the raw materials of the greatest living painters. The Palette Series was the subject of the exhibition Robert Weingarten: Palette Series, from September July 15 to October 1, 2006, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Since the 1990s, Robert Weingarten’s work has been shown in over eighty exhibitions in the United States and abroad. The Portraits Without People series was the subject of an exhibition at the High Museum of Art, Georgia entitled The Portrait Unbound (2010), and was also the subject of American Icons, Portraits without People by Robert Weingarten at the Smithsonian Institution’s International Gallery in Washington, D.C. (2012). Weingarten’s inaugural exhibition at Marlborough New York was 6:30 A.M. in 2005, followed by the Palette Series at Marlborough Chelsea in 2006 and Marlborough Madrid in 2008.
The artist’s work is included in a number of permanent collections including the George Eastman House, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He holds the distinction Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has been the recipient of several awards in photography. Robert Weingarten’s work is the subject of numerous of monographs and publications, including the 2004 Steidl book Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish.