Digital Photograph Collection
The collection of digital images by noted photographer U. Roberto (Robin) Romano contains digital photographs of child labor and other human rights themes from 1999 to the present. The collection includes examples of child labor in the Kenyan coffee industry, migrant farm labor in the United States and Mexico, and child laborers in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. The collection also contains images of former child laborers who are now able to go to school through the intervention of the Rugmark Foundation and other anti-child labor organizations.
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About U. Roberto (Robin) Romano
U. Roberto (Robin) Romano is an award winning photographer, filmmaker and human rights educator.
His work has been seen in theaters and museums around the world and on national and international television. His film projects include Death of a Slave Boy, a two-hour special shot in Pakistan for European broadcast, Globalization and Human Rights, hosted by Charlayne Hunter Gault for PBS and Stolen Childhoods, the first theatrically released feature documentary on global child labor. He was also a contributor to the NPR and BBC specials on slavery in the Ivory Coast and has contributed to films as diverse as In Debt We Trust and Darfur Now.
As a still photographer his exhibit Stolen Childhoods: the Global Plague of Child Labor was on view at the William Benton Museum of Fine Art and will soon travel to Europe. His photos were also exhibited at the reopening of the Wilberforce Museum and are slated to be part of a special exhibition at the UN this spring.
He has been the photographer for all the Rugmark Campaigns and his commissions also include the mural for the Council on Foreign Relations announcing their universal education campaign. Other organizations that have used his work include Amnesty International, The International Labor Organization, Stop the Traffik, The Hunger Project, The Farm Labor Organizing Committee and Antislavery International. His work has appeared in such publications as The Ford Foundation Quarterly, The Stanford Review, and Scholastic and has been seen on billboards and posters around the world.
He has appeared as a special guest on Nightline with Ted Koppel and Newsnight with Aaron Brown.
Mr. Romano began his career in documentaries as producer and cameraman for Les Productions de Sagittaire in Montreal, where he worked on several series including 5 Defis and L'Oeil de L'Aigle
As an educator, Mr. Romano has taught graduate level courses at both NYU and Columbia University, where he continues his membership in the Columbia University Seminar on Globalization, Labor and Popular Struggles.
As an advocate for and authority on children’s and human rights, Mr. Romano has appeared at many forums, schools and universities; most recently giving the Frank Porter Graham Lecture at The Johnson Center for Academic Excellence, University of North Carolina and the Gene and Georgia Mittelman Distinguished Lecture in the Arts at the University of Connecticut. This year he was invited to give the plenary speech at the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs annual conference in Coeur d’Alene.