GENERAL

1949 Born Melbourne, Victoria.
1955 – 1960 Primary education – Lower Plenty State School.
1961 – 1966 Secondary Education – Eltham High School.
1967 – 1968 Tertiary Education – Photography school, RMIT Melbourne campus.
1969 – 1970 Photography assistant – Brian Brandt & Associates, Melbourne CBD.
1970 – 1971 Freelance photographer, Brian Brandt & Associates, South Yarra.
1971 – 1972 Staff photographer – Latrobe Studios, South Melbourne.
1972 – 1975 Freelance photographer – Briand Brandt & Associates (BB&A), South Yarra.
1973 Commenced freelance assignments through BB&A for a network of prominent international advertising agencies through-out South East Asia.
1975 Took time-out and travelled overseas, spending time in Europe, London and New York. Among the career changing highlights of the trip was the personal time spent in New York with photographer  Rudy Muller at his Manhattan studio and in London with photographer Brian Duffy at his Swiss Cottage studio. During this trip Imhoff carried out an assignment for Mercedes-Benz in both Stuttgart (Germany) and London.
1976 January/February – travelled to Asia on a 2-month contract for the international agency Ogilvy & Mather.
1976 March – Started Robert Imhoff Photography (RIP) from his home-studio in South Yarra.
1978 Commenced producing and directing movie productions. Following client demand the stills photography company Robert Imhoff Photography (RIP) was expanded and re-named RIP Productions.
1982 Opened the Lighthouse Photographic Centre  that housed four studios, production offices, workshop, food stylist kitchen and the ‘Lighthouse Gallery’  The gallery launched with an Arnold Newman Exhibition that Imhoff personally negotiated with Newman and the Light Gallery in New York.
1989 Photographed the first of the annual ‘Pissing Santa’ Christmas cards.
1995 December – Relocated ‘The Lighthouse’ to 293 Princes Street Port Melbourne.
2004 January – Relocated ‘The Lighthouse’ to 3/29 Gipps Street Richmond.
2004 October – Suffered a cerebrovascular episode (stroke). On medical advice, the professional career had come to an end!
2012 Sold the Lighthouse premises and Relocated the Imhoff Archive  back to the home studio in South Yarra.

PHOTOGRAPHY

“Rob Imhoff’s career in photography was not confined to practice. He has been a long-time advocate for professional and commercial photography through various roles”.

Professor Helen Ennis. 2014 – Director, Centre for Art History and Art Theory,
Australian National University School of Art

1971 Publication. Professional Photography in Australia magazine featured Imhoff work as the lead cover story ‘The Making of a Photographer’.

Finalist in the national Ilford Photographic Competition titled Encounter with his entry ‘Black & White’.

1972 Finalist in the national Ilford Photographic Competition entitled Concern with his entry ‘The Age of Concern’

Committee member the Melbourne Art Directors Club (MADC)

Publication. Front cover and double page spread, May-June issue Professional Photography in Australia magazine.

1973 -1980 Committee member of the Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP) Victorian chapter.
1973 Panel member/speaker at the Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP) convention, Hypo 73. (Melbourne)
1974 A keynote speaker, Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP) state seminar held at Ballarat. Following the success of the Ballarat lecturer, Imhoff held a series of weekend-photography-workshops in Melbourne.

The guest speaker at an Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP) Queensland state meeting.

1977 A keynote speaker at the Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP) conference, Hypo 77 (Gold Coast, Queensland).

Judge at the IAP (Institute of Australian Photography) National Merit Awards.

Invited to do a live interview on ABC morning radio at the ABC’s Brisbane studio, following the delivery of a keynote lecture the previous day, at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) convention Hypo 77 on the Gold Coast.

November – Publication. The Professional Photography in Australia Magazine featured Imhoff work as the lead cover story. 

Keynote speaker at the international advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) Australian conference. Subject: Still Life Photography.

Promotion.  ILFORD Australia used a folio shot as the feature in a national campaign for Cibachrome prints.

Promotion. Imhoff’s Tudor Watch photograph featured in promotional material for Photo Graphis-78, world-wide call for entries. (Printed in 4 languages).

1978 February – Guest speaker at the Brisbane Art Directors Club (BADC). Subject: Why move overseas when overseas clients use you in and from Australia.

May – A keynote speaker on portraiture at the Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP) state chapter, seminar at Geelong.

A keynote speaker at the Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP) South Australian state convention, (Adelaide).

Awarded the ILFORD Perpetual Trophy, for the highest scoring entry at the IAP (Institute of Australian Photography) Annual Merit Awards (now the APPA’s).

Conferred the first ‘Master’ of the AIP (Institute of Australian Photography) (M.AIP – now M.AIPP).

Publication. Front cover and feature article, November-December issue of Pro-Tech magazine.

September – Guest speaker, Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP) State dinner in Canberra.

1979 Publication. An article in Australian Camera Annual titled, Seven of the Best – Australia’s Top Professionals talk about their personal involvement with photography.

June – Conducted a two-day Imhoff workshop at a resort in the Dandenong Ranges for Group Ten (ten leading Australian wedding/portrait photographers).

A Judge at the Institute of Australian Photography National Merit Awards.

August – A keynote international speaker at the New Zealand Institute of Photography (NZIP} convention in Napier.

Term 4. Joint relieving Head of the Photography Department, School of Art and Design, Preston (later Phillip) Institute of Technology while Henry Talbot took leave to travel overseas. Imhoff’s position included the final assessment of all folios.

1980 Contributing feature essay, The First Art Directors Guide to Photographers in Australia. Later to become the Wizards of Oz annual.

Guest lecturer, Bendigo College of Advanced Education, department of art and design.

May – International guest judge at the inaugural AIPA (New Zealand) photography awards in Auckland.

November Held a photography workshop at Hobart Technical College.

Promotion. A double page ‘Polaroid / Imhoff advertisement featuring two Polaroid commissioned images appeared in the world-wide publication Rotavision Photography. This gesture by Polaroid was a token of thanks for being their single/largest user of the 10×8 product.

1981 Publication. Interview – Profile in the trade magazine Advertising News by David Blackley, National Creative Director of Clemenger Advertising. 

April – Held a workshop at Photography Studies College (PSC), Melbourne.

A judge at the IAP (Institute of Australian Photography) National Merit Awards.

Publication. Front cover and double page spread, January-February issue Professional Photography in Australia magazine.

1982 April – invited, by a collective of New Zealand photography trade suppliers to hold two, one-day (8-hour), ‘Imhoff Workshops’ One in Auckland and the other in Wellington.
1984 – 1985 Member of the Victorian Post-Secondary Education Accreditation Committee, under chairperson, Sir Eric Westbrook, for the re-accreditation of Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Bendigo College of Advanced Education, now part of Latrobe University.
1983 Publication. Article in the May-June edition of ‘Close Up’ N.Z. (New Zealand) Photographers magazine
1982 Opened the Lighthouse Photographic Centre  that housed four studios, production offices, workshop, food stylist kitchen and the ‘Lighthouse Gallery’  The gallery launched with an Arnold Newman Exhibition that Imhoff personally negotiated with Newman and the Light Gallery in New York.
1984 The MADC (Melbourne Art Directors Club) award for Best Photography. Client: Singapore Airlines.
1985 Conferred a Fellow of the Institute of Australian Photography (F.IAP- now F.AIPP)

The MADC (Melbourne Art Directors Club) award for Photography/Book Design. Client: Australian Dairy Corporation.

1986 July – A keynote speaker at the Institute of Australian Photography (IAP now AIPP), Queensland Convention ‘New Image 86’.
1987 Awarded the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) National Print Awards. Don Taylor (memorial) Award for the Highest-scoring portfolio in the Portrait Category.
1988 Member of the Victorian Post-Secondary Education Accreditation Committee, Re-accreditation of Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Victoria College, Prahran Campus.

Awarded an AADC (Adelaide Art Directors Club) Award for Photography. Client: State Bank of South Australia.

A Judge at the Fuji Professional Photographic Awards. – Sydney.

1990 May – Judged the inaugural City of Prahran Photographic Competition.

May – International guest judge at the New Zealand Photography awards.

June – Delivered the opening address at the RMIT – Photography Retrospective Exhibition 1970 -1980.

A Judge at the Fuji Professional Photographic Awards. – Sydney.

1991 Invited to write a foreword for the prestigious international annual ‘Graphis Photo91’. (Contributed text, self-portrait & folio examples)

A Judge at the Fuji Professional Photographic Awards. – Sydney.

Recipient of The Fuji Professional Photography Award. Category: Corporate.

Awarded the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Don Taylor (memorial) Award for the Highest-scoring portfolio in the Portrait Category.

1992 – 2014 Patron – The Australian Society of Advertising, Commercial and Magazine Photographers (A.C.M.P.), advising on a broad range of subjects to raise the professional status of Australian professional photography.
1992 – 1999 Founding board member of the ACMP (Australian Commercial & Magazine Photographers – now, Australian Commercial & Media Photographers).
1992 Publication. American college textbook Photography by Bruce Warren. Example of Visual Attraction of Line – (Mercedes Benz photograph).

The Melbourne Art Directors Club award Category: Best Colour Photography Client: RIP Productions (Christmas Card)

1994 A Judge at the Fuji Professional Photographic Awards. – Sydney.

Participated in the successful negotiations and the securing of a ten-year, million-dollar sponsorship agreement with Hanimex Australia manufacturers of Fuji Film for ‘The Fuji / ACMP Australian Photographers Collection’

1995 April – A keynote speaker at the international ‘Design 95’ conference held at the World Trade Centre, Melbourne. Subject: The Fuji/ACMP Australian Photographers Collection.
1995 – 2004 Annually edited and production managed the international showcase to Australian photography The Fuji / ACMP Australian Photographers Collection books.
1997 Publication (Interview). Commercial Photography magazine, ‘The Agony and Ecstasy of the Fuji ACMP Collection Book’
1998 – 2000 Invited by the City of Melbourne to be a host on their website. Produce ten informative pages titled My Melbourne.
1998 February Judged the Melbourne Press Club ‘1998 Quill Awards’.
1999 Live television interview with Bert Newton on Good Morning Australia, promoting The Fuji ACMP Australian Photographers Collection.

February Judged the Melbourne Press Club ‘1999 Quill Awards’.

1999 – 2009 Member of the RMIT University, School of Creative Media, Photography, Program Advisory Committee (PAC).
2001 October – Invited as an ex-student to deliver the opening address at the Eltham High School annual photography exhibition, held at Montsalvat, Eltham.
2002 March – Researched and wrote a letter of support for the late Australian Photographer Peter Dombrovskis successful nomination to the International Photography Hall of Fame (USA).
2003 Was judged the APPA-AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Australian Advertising Photographer of the Year.

Publication (December issue) Article in Australian photography magazine ’Capture’. Subject: Taylors Wine – ‘The Wine Is Everything’ campaign.

2006 April – Opening address at photographer Mike Leonard’s Victoria Landscapes exhibition, held at Lab X gallery in St Kilda.

Speaker at an Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Melbourne meeting on the subject, My Life as a photographer.

June – Publication Better Photography magazine (issue #44). Six-page article ‘Masterpieces’

Conferred – Honorary Life Member of the society of Australian Commercial & Media Photographers (H.L.M.ACMP).

Guest speaker at an international food stylist seminar, held in Melbourne. Subject, ‘My approach to food photography’.

December – Publication Better Photography magazine (issue #46). Six-page article ‘Santa Cards’ 

2007 Guest speaker at Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe (NMIT)
2009 April speaker at the launch of the Boroondara Stoke Support Group ‘Living with Stroke’ photography exhibition held at Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery.

May – Opening address at ACMP Projections 09 Photography Competition screening.

July – Keynote speaker at an Australian Institute Professional Photography (AIPP) seminar held at the Melbourne State Library.

August – Kodak sponsored keynote speaker at NZIPP Infocus Conference (Wellington New Zealand). Three-two-hour lectures over three days.

September – MC & speaker at the launch of the Boroondara Stoke Support Group ‘Living with Stroke’ photography exhibition as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

November – Recipient of a surprise, ACMP organised, industry and friends, testimonial ‘Roast Dinner’ at Heaven Pictures in Melbourne.

2010 Volunteered his services as a visiting Lecturer at RMIT Tafe.

August – Kodak sponsored keynote speaker at the Australian Institute Professional Photography (AIPP) Tasmanian, Southern Exposure conference.

August – Held a photography Lecture at Hobart Technical College.

A finalist in the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) 2010 Bowness Photography Prize exhibition.

Held a floor talk at Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) during the Bowness Photography Prize exhibition of which he was a participating artist.

2011 September – ABC TV – Art Nation. Interview regarding UK photographer, the late Brian Duffy, and his exhibition as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.
2012 May – Monash Gallery of Art (MGA), Discover Duffy floor-talk. Theme, My commercial photography in the 1970s in Australia and the international reach of the work of Brian Duffy.
2014 August – Guest speaker for an evening with a group of photography enthusiasts The Image Chasers. Subject: A Life of grain & Pixels  and A personal view of art/photography exhibitions.

August – A guest speaker at the opening of the inaugural RMIT VE 2013-2014 Photo Imaging Graduate in Residence Program exhibition.

October – The Art Gallery of Ballarat held the retrospective exhibition Imhoff: a life of grain & pixels featuring both photography and film work. 

October – To coincide with the retrospective exhibition, WriteLight publishers of the ongoing Contemporary Photographers: Australia series, released their book on ‘Robert Imhoff’

2019 August – Exhibited a Double Act as part of the Open Program for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The full collection of the “Pissing Santa” Christmas cards at the Forge Pizzeria and next door “Two puppets, a car & a chameleon’ at 1816 BAKEHOUSE.

FILMMAKING

1970’s Often commissioned to take stills on productions directed by Fred Schepisi. Endless hours spent observing Schepisi at work.
1978 Commenced producing and directing movie productions. Following client demand the stills photography company Robert Imhoff Photography (RIP) was expanded and re-named RIP Productions.
1981 FACTS award (now Australian Television Awards), award for Professional Excellence. Category: Visual Effects. Client: BHP ‘Steel Can’
1983 Television Society of Australia award for Cinematography & Art Direction. Client: Leasingham Rhine Riesling. ’Silhouette’

Clio award. International TV/Cinema. Winner (category): Banking/ Financial. Client: National Bank of Australia 1×30 tvc ‘Flexiteller’

1985 Australian Writers and Art Directors (AWARD) ‘Craft Award’ – Television Production. Client: Shell Australia. Production: ‘Perspex Engine’.
1987 Awarded an MADC (Melbourne Art Directors’ Club) Gold Award for ‘The Most Innovative use of Technology’ Client: Twining’s Tea (Television campaign). In an era of new technology he had elected to use a traditional Hollywood technique of cell animation, highly disciplined laborious work that provided first class production values.

Awarded an MADC (Melbourne Art Directors’ Club) award for the highly acclaimed Mercedes Benz commercial. Using in-camera techniques with highly disciplined structure this innovative 90 second commercial, using layered images, was seen as the forefront of what was to follow with the introduction of the digital post production systems.

1988 Donated. RIP Productions supplied full services to direct and produce a commercial for the Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL).

LONDON International Advertising Awards finalist  Category: Automotive – Client: Mercedes Benz.

FACTS award (now ATV Awards), for Professional Excellence. Category: Editing. Client: Mercedes Benz.

Awarded the MADC (Melbourne Art Directors’ Club) Award for the Best Cinematography for the highly acclaimed Mercedes Benz commercial. Using innovative in-camera techniques with highly disciplined structure. This innovative 90-second commercial, using layered images, was seen at the forefront of future Digital post-production systems.

Awarded the MADC (Melbourne Art Directors Club) Award for ‘The most innovative use of technology’ for the ‘Twining’s Tea’ campaign. In an era of new technology he had elected to use a traditional Hollywood technique of cell animation, highly disciplined laborious work that provided first class production values.

1990 MADC (Melbourne Art Directors Club) award for cinematography. Client: Miele.
1991 Publication. Double page article titled ‘Quiet Achiever’ March issue of Campaign Brief magazine.
1991 Began what would become a long and enjoyable collaboration with Zareh Nalbandian. A founding partner in Animal Logic with Chris Godfrey who Imhoff had known when Godfrey worked in Melbourne during the 1980’s. Nalbandian and Imhoff went on to work on many high-end productions, often creating innovative state-of-the-art imagery in their story telling.
1993 Awarded an ATV (Australian Television Award) for the Eunos launch campaign (people morphing into cars). The Eunos campaign was later used by the American software company, as promotional material, at various conventions across America.

(August) Invited by Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment to attend the American Film Institute’s ‘Jurassic Park Workshop’, held on the island of Kauai (the film’s location) where Imhoff had invaluable meetings with some of the films leading production identities.

1995 Donated RIP Productions and all allied support supplier’s full services to direct and produce, over the term of a pregnancy, a charity IVF commercial for Monash University, Institute of Reproduction and Development.
1998 Mobius award (America) – First Place Recognition Television Commercial, Category: Environmental issues and concerns. Client: Melbourne Water “Litter Critters” 

Donated RIP Productions and all allied support supplier’s full services to direct and produce, a commercial for Canteen – The Australian Teenage Cancer Patients’ Society, titled: ‘National Bandanna Day’

2000 Donated RIP Productions and all allied support supplier’s full services to direct and produce a commercial for the Women in Super, Sydney and Melbourne ‘Fun Run’ for Breast Cancer.

(March) Donated services of the Production Company and suppliers to direct and produce a commercial for the Victorian Spastic Society.

(May) TVC ‘Craft awards’ judge, AADC (Adelaide Art Directors Club).

2001 Melbourne judge for the 2001 ATV (Australian Television) Awards.
2002 MADC (Melbourne Art Directors’ Club) Finalist Category: Best Community Service/Charity Advertisement. Client: Spastic Society of Victoria

MADC (Melbourne Art Directors’ Club) Finalist Category: Best Film Direction. Client: Transport Accident Commission (TAC) ‘See the light’

2003 Donated RIP Productions and all allied support supplier’s full services to direct and produce a commercial for the Melbourne City Mission homeless Title: ‘Doll’

COMMUNITY SERVICE

The relationship with the New York photographer Arnold Newman and his wife Augusta was a perfect balance of two passions. Photography was a given and while they enjoyed conversations on the subject, Imhoff was equally at home sharing views on local government with Augusta. 

The subject had come up during a conversation when Augusta elaborated on her personal involvement with their local community in Manhattan. After Imhoff stated that he had similar involvement in his precinct, here on the other side of the world, Augusta responded by saying “That the world would be a better place if we all contributed a little to the betterment of our local community” 

Augusta’s words resonated with Imhoff every time he went to bat on behalf of his local community, particularly when he confronted the might of big business and their highly qualified legal teams at various tribunal hearings!

1978 – 2019 A founding member/ spokesperson for the William Grosvenor Residents Group (WGRG). The group comprises of concerned residents who work to represent the community in the local South Yarra precinct. The aim of the group is to preserve the residential amenity of the area, recognise the continuing development boom that the City of Prahran, now Stonnington experiences, and to put forward a realistic, balanced and sympathetic response to issues that threaten the residential amenity.
1989 In what was described in the media as a David & Goliath battle, Imhoff, researched, wrote and led a community challenge, over a period of eight months, in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) against the legal representation of a prominent Australian development company and their proposal to develop a major parcel of public open space in South Yarra. The case was an unprecedented, success for the community.
1995 Participated in another successful community challenge in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). At issue was a large entertainment venue, adjacent to the William Grosvenor residential precinct in South Yarra.
2006 – 2010 Hepburn Shire Council appointed committee member, under an instrument of delegation, for the Creswick Museum and Gold Battery.
2006 Mentor to the BSSG (Boroondara Stoke Support Group) organising committee for the photographic exhibition ‘Living with Stroke’
2009 Wrote the foreword for the BSSG (Boroondara Stoke Support Group) ‘Living with Stroke’ exhibition catalogue.

(April) Opening speaker at the launch of the BSSG (Boroondara Stoke Support Group) photographic exhibition ‘Living with Stroke’ at the Town Hall gallery in Hawthorn.

(May) Research wrote and presented a 14-page Statement of Objection, at a five-day hearing of VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) against the legal representation of a prominent Australian development company and their proposal to develop a 38 storey ‘Iconic Landmark Tower’ on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street, South Yarra. 

(July) Successful objector, at a VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) hearing against the legal representation of a prominent development company and their proposal to develop a large building in Yarra Street, South Yarra. 

(September) Co-ordinated the participation of the BSSG (Boroondara Stoke Support Group) photographic exhibition ‘Living with Stroke’ as part of the BIFB (Ballarat International Foto Biennale) 2009.

2017 – 2019 Undertaking the research and writing of a paper on the Australia Brumbies in the hope that the broader community may gain a better understanding of the plight of the horses.