Robert Schlatter is a native of Zürich, Switzerland, a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. He paid his dues as an assistant to the great Irving Penn. Robert started his career in Paris, working on in-house projects for Hermès and Christian Dior as well as editorial fashion and portrait assignments for various French, German and Swiss magazines. An ad campaign for Levi’s brought him to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is living today with his family . He now splits his time as a commercial / editorial portrait and still life photographer between California and New York.  His first Monograph “Ghost Man” has been published in 2021 . It was awarded the “German Photo Book Prize” 2021/22 in silver.  “Ghost Man” is a return to Robert’s  roots in documentary style photography.


Selected Clients

Banana Republic, The Gap, Shiseido, Elizabeth Arden, Neutrogena, Sephora, DHC Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell, Nordstrom, Nike, Motorola, Apple, Samsung, Google, Nest, Levi’s, Logitech, Panasonic, PepsiCo, Barclay’s Global, US Trust, Visa, UBS, Swatch, Genentech, McGuire, Herman Miller, New York Times Magazine, Wired, Dwell, BIG, Surface, HB, Soma, Elle Germany, Harper’s Bazaar



ADDY, AR 100, GRAPHIS, Western Art Directors Club, German Photo Book Prize


Group Exhibits

Photopoetics, The Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York City, 1985

70 ans Jardin des Modes, Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre, Paris, 1992

Deutscher Fotobuch Preis, “Ghost Man”, Stuttgarter Buchwochen, 2021

Deutscher Fotobuch Preis, “Ghost Man”, Goethe Institute, Oslo, 2022

Photobook One, “Ghost Man”, Emkan Gallery, Teheran, 2022

Deutscher Fotobuch Preis, “Ghost Man”, Forum für Fotografie, Köln, 2022

Deutscher Fotobuch Preis, “Ghost Man”, Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe, 2022

Deutscher Fotobuch Preis, “Ghost Man”, Frankfurter Buchmesse, 2022






“Ghost Man”, 2021, Ars Lucida Press


“Architecture isn’t just for special occasions”, 2006, The Monacelli Press

“I am almost always hungry”, 1999, Princeton Architectural Press

“Soak Wash Rinse Spin”, 1999, Princeton Architectural Press