Rob Amberg


Explore what it means to be human and reflect on the similarities we all share with the work by Rob Amberg. When he moved to Madison County in 1973, he began what has become his lifetime project – writing and photographing about the evolving culture and environment of his adopted county. His photographs speak volumes about the world around us and connect us to them in unexpected ways.

His work has largely focused on rural communities, family farms, and the environment. Amberg is regularly published and exhibited nationally. He is the recipient of awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Center for Documentary Studies, and others. 

Amberg is also an active writer having published several books documenting the fascinating history in the Appalachian Mountains and Madison County. Find out more about his books here.

Visitors are welcome to explore his studio and learn more about his photography. For more information or to schedule a visit please check out the link below.

“Rob Amberg’s images have the same durability and tenacity as the lives they depict. He is trusted well enough to be there, up close, when the women embrace in affection or when the farmer pauses in the heat.  And Amberg does not betray that trust. What we see is sympathetic, not sentimental, simple but not facile.”
 – Sally Mann