Robb Hill

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Representation Without Taxation
Location: Washington DC
Nationality: American
Biography:     When I was 11 years old I won a red ribbon at the Indiana State Fair in photography. It was for a series of photos I took of our cats. My family went to Michigan that summer for vacation, I didn’t find out about the prize... read on
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Representation Without Taxation
Credits: robb hill
Updated: 08/06/20
Location: Washington D.C.
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Washington, D.C. is a tripod holding up the great American experiment. I call the three legs, the lifers, the short-timers, and the power. The tripod is stable, for now, but the weight each leg supports is not equal. Representation Without Taxation examines the occasionally contentious, often indifferent, but always engaging relationship between these groups.

Short-timers, those who come for a political term, an internship, or on vacation are the longest leg of the tripod but they wield the least influence. Lifers, the second leg, are the most overlooked. For them D.C. is home but their concerns are usually ignored. The smallest, most powerful leg, is the politicians. Some politicians stay in D.C. for decades, others only four years. The influence the political class has over the rest of the city can be overwhelming. The city and the people living there are often pawns in a larger game.

Representation also explores how the three groups interact with the city. D.C is the embodiment of many of our vaunted American values. The National Mall is the physical manifestation of the First Amendment. The monuments, with all their historical baggage, are shrines to our past. How people interact with the city reveals much about how we see ourselves and our history. A process I find endlessly fascinating.

This project is ongoing.


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D.C Boarded Up

By Robb Hill — On the blocks next to and near the White House and Lafayette Square Park the buildings have been boarded up..
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Black Lives Matter Plaza

By Robb Hill / Washington D.C. — Scenes from Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C.
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American Flags

By Robb Hill — We are symbols and inhabit symbols. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Politics

By Robb Hill / Washington D.C. — “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made." - John..
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Portraits

By Robb Hill — Envriomental and studio portraits
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Iceland

By Robb Hill / Iceland
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Went Down to the Demonstration

By Robb Hill — This gallery is a evolving and revolving set of images from the protests, marches, parades, demonstrations..
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Narrative Landscape - Santa Fe

By Robb Hill / Santa Fe, New Mexico — Robb Hill wants you to expand your notion of landscape photography. To this end, his workshop combines..
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Bible Marathon

By Robb Hill / Cochran, Georgia — The town of Cochran, Georgia has held an annual Bible reading marathon on the steps of the county..
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Journeys

By Robb Hill — At the heart of it, I'm a street photographer. Which means going out into the world without expectations..
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HomeLands

By Robb Hill / Utica, Indiana — I believe land makes people who they are. The relationship you have with the land you’re on sets the..
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Asian Cats

By Robb Hill / Thailand and Malaysia — In coastal Asia, cats are everywhere: hunting in alleys, relaxing in temples, and quite possibly sleeping..
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Coming of Age

By Robb Hill / Chicago, Illinois — After the prom there was a party at Joe’s. It was a steamy Chicago evening, but no one had thought to get..
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