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About

Hello! My name is Andrew Roberts, and I’m a semi-professional photographer in Basel, Switzerland. I feel photography is the art of removing distractions until there is a very simple message being shared. That message can be related to beauty, struggle, conflict, peace, etc., and it can come in many forms, be it landscapes, buildings, people, or abstract forms. I’m passionate about the process of distilling subjects into their essence and sharing that with others. Doing this well means I understand what I feel when I look at a subject, which is also a wonderful creative exercise for me. I hope my photography pushes you to think about why you feel a certain way when you view these photos and that you leave with a slightly better understanding of yourself through the process.

In terms of technical details, I shoot with a Nikon D850, Mamiya 7ii and a variety of large format cameras, including an Intrepid 4x5 Mark 4 and a Chamonix 4x5 F2. The medium depends on what I’m shooting and how I’m feeling at the moment. I generally use large format analog for landscapes and digital and/or medium format analog for everything else. I develop and scan all analog film myself, and all images on the website are available for purchase in a variety of sizes. Just send me an e-mail on the Contact page if you’d like more details.

Finally, you may be wondering where the name Atelier 181 came from. Photography became a passion for me when I was living in a small flat. The street number was 181 and my dining room doubled as my photography atelier. This was a laughably grand name for a not so grand space, but learning to work with what I had carried into the way I looked at photographic compositions, so the name held.