Bob Avakian and his wife Gail visited Martha’s Vineyard for the summer in 1973 and it has been home ever since. Trained in architecture, engineering and building, for years he worked as a custom homebuilder. After finding himself in management, removed from the satisfaction of hands-on involvement, he turned to photography as a means of self-expression. As his photographic vision has evolved he has been drawn to the natural landscape and an exploration of night photography.
In 2013 Bob exhibited work from his series “Between Night and Day” at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson NY in a two person show with photographer Stephen DiRado. He was awarded a solo show of the series at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset MA and he was the Featured Artist for March on the Photographic Resource Center, Boston’s website PRCNEO. His work is in the collection of The Boston Athenaeum and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s permanent art collection.
In 2013 Bob has been the recipient of numerous awards. Most recently he was selected as a Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 finalist. In Photo Nights Boston’s “Photorama” Bob was awarded First Place overall. His work was also chosen for exhibition in the Danforth Museum’s “Photography Bienniel” and the Cape Cod Art Association’s “All New England”, where he was awarded Best of Show. In the 2013 International Photo Awards Annual competition Bob won 2nd place in the Night Photography category.
His photos have been featured in Aline Smithson’s blog, “Lenscratch” and in Wilson Cummer’s New Landscape Photography blog. He has exhibited his photographs in juried exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester MA; SOHO Photo in NY; The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington VA; and the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown MA. He is a juried member of the Cape Cod Art Association and the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Ma.