Robert Calafiore


About the Artist:

Robert Calafiore is a photographic artist and educator based in West Hartford, CT.  When he is not in his studio elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with his hand-made pinhole camera, he can be found at the Hartford Art School where Robert is the Assistant Dean.  GALLERY 1/1 is pleased to present Robert's West Coast exhibition debut.


Robert Calafiore employs a hand-built pinhole camera to create large scale one-of-a-kind c-prints. The subject matter, currently either select pieces from a family collection of ordinary glassware or the nude male figure, is placed within a larger construction, a constructed stage set. It is then transformed by the unique recording characteristics of the camera's wide angle, the extended exposure, and the light sensitive paper's recording abilities. Calafiore manipulates the still life to control the results; altering the saturation, color, density and translucency of specific areas. His interest in process, traditional materials, and the reaction between light and chemistry, as well as the personal and universal stories told through every day objects and intimate relationships, drives the work in his studio practice. Elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary...the every day to a magical place…the primary motivator. No digital tools are ever used. Reflecting on the endless flood and speed of changing technology, Calafiore steps back and invests in prolonged experimentation, investigation and hands-on making that begin to speak to a change in how we use our bodies in today’s digital world. Noting the change in the physical dexterity of younger generations and in the way that technology has altered the way we see and experience the physical world has been a fascinating influence on his studio practice. The manner in which we interpret and react to the world around us has shifted. His work is about a pause, a break in the pace and a longer look into, through and across our everyday lives. A merging of passions; one for his muses, (both the glassware that holds so much of his family history and the relationships which energize him) and the observation of a dramatically new understanding of what it means to be human going forward.




"Robert Calafiore and Joseph Minek", Gallery 1/1, Seattle, WA

"Focus Photo LA Top 20", Elizabeth Houston Gallery, NYC, NY"

"Portals", curated by juror Aline Smithson, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

"Ed Friedman Legacy Exhibition", curated by juror Hamidah Glasgow, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA


"Lost and Found", curated by David Borawski, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

"The Tide is High", a group show curated by Jeff Mueller, Michael Levinson, and Christopher Joy at the Governor's Island Art Fair, Governor's Island, New York Harbor, NY

"Glass Invitational", a two-person show curated by Ann Welles, Exhibit A Gallery, Corning, NY

"Selected Artists", curated by Jeff Mueller, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Chelsea, NY

"For the Love of Things; Still Life", curated by Godin-Spaulding, Albright Knox, Buffalo, NY

"Center Forward", curated by Aline Smithson and Hamidah Glasgow, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

"Thunder Umbrella" curated by Christopher Joy, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT


"Relics and Glass", curated by Debra Klomp and Darren Ching, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Art Today; 2000-Present", New Britain Museum of American Art, McKernan Gallery, New Britain, CT

"One, Unique Photographs", curated by Debra Klomp and Darren Ching, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"New Works", curated by Jeffrey Mueller, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT

"Objects and Ideas", Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT


"Art of the Northeast", curated by Andrew Russeth critic for New York Observer, 16 miles of String and Gallerist, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT

"New Artist", Forre and Co. Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, FL

"Seeing Things, Seven Photographers", Dehn Gallery, MCC on Main, Manchester, CT


"Looking Through a Glass Darkly", Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

"New Artist", George Billis Gallery, during Art Basel: Miami Beach, Miami, FL


"In Focus: Recent Acquisitions in Photography", New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT


"Plucking the Rainbow", curated by Ellen Carey, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY

"Revealed by Reflection", curated by Chotsani Dean, Three Rivers Gallery, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT


"Swimming Upstream", ArtSpace Gallery, Willimantic, CT

"Going Forward, Looking Back", curated by Stephen Halpert,

traveling exhibition to the following galleries:

Simmons College, Boston, MA and University of New England, Portland, ME and Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, ME and University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA




Photolucida, Portland, Oregon

Month of Photography, Denver, CO


ACP: Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta, GA




"Images", an exhibition of contemporary photography in Connecticut, co-curator, Guilford, CT

"Objects and Ideas", curated by Robert Calafiore, including Emily Cappa, Nathan Carris Carnes, Rafael D'Alo, Chotsani Elaine Dean, Rose DeSiano, Lucy Helton, Alex Kozachek, Scot MacCluggage, Rachael Wren and Robert Calafiore, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT



New Britain Museum of American Art

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Private collections in FL, NY, MA, CT and more

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The Male Gaze
May 17 - July 14, 2018
GALLERY 1/1 at PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco
February 22 - February 25, 2018
2nd Anniversary Show in our New Gallery Space.
January 20 - February 17, 2018
Robert Calafiore and Joseph Minek: Color Darkroom Innovators
--Featuring West Coast Premiere Of Two Artist’s One-Of-A-Kind Color Prints Made With Analog Photographic Methods
September 21 - December 16, 2017