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"I have tried to present the world I see in the most open-minded way I can. I hope my pictures convey some sense of the respect I have for my subject."

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Golf and Golf Photography

It really is ironic. Since I have gotten into the business of photographing golf courses, I play less and less golf. When I started doing the golf course photography, my handicap was about a 1, and now it's about a 12. So you can see, my game has suffered, but I am visiting a lot of stunning golf courses and taking some beautiful photographs. I spent two years doing a book called The Great Golf Courses of China--twenty-seven courses laid out in a big coffee-table book. I am now in the process of doing The Amazing Golf Courses of Thailand and The Great Golf Courses of Singapore.

First becoming a professional photographer

Though my first work after college was as a TV cameraman and soundman in Vietnam, in late 1970 I moved to Washington, DC, working for an organization called Environmental Action, the group who staged the first Earth Day. They had a magazine, and I just started taking pictures for them. It was pretty unusual, I must say. I was living in a small Folger Shakespeare Library house on Capitol Hill and working with the Folger Theater Group, occasionally carrying a spear and taking pictures. We lived upstairs, and I turned the ground floor into a studio with a darkroom and a little shooting space. The learning curve was steep and very intense.

Two loves
For all of my life as a photographer, I have been kind of a schizophrenic because I really love doing 35 millimeter street shooting and news magazine work. But, at the same time, I feel very, very happy with a big wooden camera climbing up into the mountains looking at a beautiful scene somewhere.

Shooting Corporate
The corporate work is fun. A lot of professional photography, whether it’s photographing politicians or riots or whatever the subject, is all about  problem solving, and I enjoy doing that. You’re given a job to do, and you have to figure out how to do it—especially when you’re as far away from Operation Central as we are here in Hong Kong. You’re pretty much on your own. I like that.

Robin Moyer The Pro’s Pr­o

As a photo-journalist Hong Kong-based Robin Moyer has covered enough political confrontations, battles, and, sad to say, massacres to test the limits of any man. Perhaps that is why he devotes so much time these days to more pleasurable pursuits like landscape photography, especially the current project he is working on in behalf of Nelson and Haworth Golf Course Architects to shoot some of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world. Moyer became a Time Magazine contract photographer in 1982 and then chief photographer for Asia from 1985 to 1998. While working for Time he received many awards including the World Press Picture of the Year and the Robert Capa Gold Medal Citation from the Overseas Press Club. He has done dozens of portraits of presidents, dictators, revolutionaries, chairmen of the board, and various combinations of all four. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  Moyer has always had a single-minded approach when it comes to his photography: “I have tried to present the world I see in the most open-minded way I can. I hope my pictures convey some sense of the respect I have for my subject.”  Experienced and unflappable, Robin Moyer is our man in Southeast Asia, a man totally at home no matter where in the world he works.

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