​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Born in Sheffield, England in 1949, Robert Butcher migrated to Perth, Australia in 1964. There, following an industrial machine accident, he was given his first camera by his father—a Minolta rangefinder adapted so Robert could shoot with just his left hand. Returning to England in 1967 to study photography at Twickenham College of Technology just outside London, Butcher became enamored with the work of Guy Bourdin and Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well as the 60s Swinging London cultural scene.
After returning home to Australia in 1971, he embarked on a career as a fashion, advertising and music photographer, first in Perth, then in Sydney, shooting throughout 70s and early 1980s. His photography credits of this time include such titles as Australian Vogue, Mode, and Cleo magazines, as well as portraits of Led Zeppelin, Little Stevie of the Easybeats, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, and Stéphane Grappelli. His album cover work of the period includes the award-winning photo for the Midnight Oil album cover Place Without a Postcard, along with album cover shots for Rose Tattoo and Mio 245.
 Relocating to New York City in 1983, he immersed himself in NYC’s downtown world, shooting for magazines such as Details, New York Talk, Paper, the New York Waste and the Village Voice, rockers including Cheetah Chrome, and portraits of various infamous beauties of the East Village.
  A portrait of one of these tattooed sirens, Nadège, came to the attention of Outlaw Biker magazine, initiating Butcher’s tattoo photo period, in which he brought a fashion sensibility to tattoo photography, a ground-breaking combination.
With the dawn of the new millennium, he launched the Strychnin art gallery in Berlin, and his own magazine company, Veer, publishing the counter-culture art magazine Tear, for which Butcher photographed artists such as Mark Ryden, Elizabeth McGrath, and Joe Coleman among others. Inspired by these artists, and many others that he encountered along the way, he is now creating his own photographic-based images, using digital photography techniques and mixed media.

Butcher is a recipient of the 
Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence (2016)
Robert is a regular contributor to the ​​
NY Waste underground newspaper
where you can read about his exploits and 
​interviews with characters from the L.E.S
    Lucky Lawler, editor of the NY Waste newspaper, on Robert Butcher

  Robert Butcher is one of my greatest mentors. I met him about a year before I started in the newspaper business. He was running tuesday nights at a joint upstairs, AKA on Houston St., at the same time he was shooting and managing bands like Spitfire America, giving the underground somewhere to play and grow... (contd)
Geeks Of Doom​​​
Robert Butcher’s ‘American Madonnas and Liars’ Art Show
By Marissa Bergen - Monday, September 12th, 2016
If you’re wandering around the New York City’s East Village and suddenly find yourself on the outskirts of Alphabet City, there’s a cool little art gallery I know on Ave. A just off of 2nd St. It’s called Art on A. Go in.
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