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Robert Hill Long

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Type of Work: Photography (primary), poetry (books)

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With a few delicious exceptions, Robert Hill Long is a monochromatic photographer. Black and white naturalizes the interplay among structures, patterns, textures, figures and tones. It abstracts the image from time, giving it repose from the world’s spectral flux. He relies on the light of the world to inscribe a moment intersecting eternity. Flecks of mortal time, inhabited by souls, waters, trees, shades, clouds, signs and wonders

He has shown photographs in juried exhibits in Oregon, California, Colorado, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and North Carolina. He photographs humans and other souls, landscapes and street life, primarily in monochrome, stopping time to illuminate a minor personal tragedy or triumph, to let the light describe the contours of mortality, let the shadows contain the eternal silences where light has gone. He has been a member of the Pittsboro Gallery of Arts since 2020 (

He has published five books of poems—Walking Wounded, The Kilim Dreaming, The Wire Garden, The Work of the Bow, The Power to Die—and a book of flash fictions, The Effigies. His work has been published in journals and anthologies across the United State since 1973. He has been awarded numerous publication prizes, as well as literary fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, and NCArts. He was the founding director of the North Carolina Writers Network.

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