Saul Robbins: Initial Intake

Initial Intake
Saul Robbins
January 22, 2013–January 31, 2013

Opening January 31, 2013, 6 – 7:30
Talk by Saul at opening

Saul Robbins examines the empty chairs and office surroundings of psychotherapy professionals based in Manhattan, New York, from the point of view of the clients.

“From this vantage point I wish to reference the perceptions, associations, and responses to this very private environment, and the work that takes place there,” he says.

A series of his photographs, Initial Intake, is featured in the Griffin Museum at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, January 22 through March 17. It runs parallel to the theater’s concert by The Edwards Twins.

A reception with the artist is January 31, 6-7:30 p.m.

“For many, the role of a psychotherapist holds significant weight and the importance attributed to him or her is one of profound influence in many of our lives, “ Robbins says. “Viewers are encouraged to consider the inherent personality in each of these environments, and the place of power being held across from them on a regular basis.”

Robbins’ family includes psychotherapists and he says, “This series stems from the belief that long-term challenges can be resolved by examining patterns in personal and familial history. It grew directly out of my response to one particular therapeutic relationship, and the necessity of questioning the efficacy and treatment of working with that practitioner.”

Robbins earned a master’s of fine arts degree from Hunter College in New York in 1999 and teaches photography at the International Center of Photography and Pratt Institute in New Work, as well as master workshops in Europe.

Robbins is speaking at the opening reception of Initial Intake.

The Stoneham Theatre is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., and one hour before each theater performance. The gallery can be accessed through the Stoneham Theatre's lobby at 395 Main Street in Stoneham, MA.

The Stoneham Theatre is a professional nonprofit regional theater that presents eight shows a year. For more information, visit