Meet the Artist

Interesting Developments

Robert Koch has not been taking photographs all his life—not seriously, anyway. Of course, there were the childhood snapshots and travel pictures, and, as time passed, he took more pictures, developing his skills. Somewhat interested, he took a photography class and read books about the subject. It became a way to express his love for the natural world. Eventually, friends began expressing admiration for his shots.

It is true that Bob had always had an interest in the arts. He visited art museums and loved to listen to classical music. He liked literature so much that he majored in English, then went on to graduate school for a master’s and doctorate in that subject. But photography remained an avocation.

The digital revolution changed all that. Suddenly, there was nothing to prevent him from taking as many pictures as he wanted, even just as experiments. No longer dependent on photo processors, he could make his landscapes turn out the way he wanted. What an opportunity for a perfectionist! Impelled by his enthusiasm for nature, he was soon clicking the shutter thousands of times a year. And, as he did, he learned more. Finally, enthusiastic friends and acquaintances were telling him he just had to “do something about this.” These pages are part of that something.

Robert Koch won the Purchase Prize in the 2005 Village of Elsah Photography Contest.

His photographs have been displayed in group shows at the Runge Nature Conservation Center in Jefferson City, Missouri; the Powder Valley Nature Conservation Center in Kirkwood, Missouri; and the Richmond Heights Community Center in Richmond Heights, Missouuri.

His work is represented by the following galleries:

Grafica
7884 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 961-4020

20:08 Gallery Saint Louis
2008 Cherokee St.
Saint Louis, MO 63118
(314) 772-2008

Robert Koch has taught English composition and literature at several universities and colleges.