Bob Schatz’s admiration of photography began as a small child. Before he was six, his parents discovered that he had been sneaking his father’s camera, and a neighbor came to the rescue with a gift of a Brownie box camera for Schatz’s birthday by the age of eight. Self-taught throughout his childhood and adolescence, he found the magic of the darkroom when his high school yearbook advisor showed him how to process film and print. He went on to Belmont University, where he entered a couple of prints in a statewide photography competition his sophomore year. Although he lost first place to a professor at another college, Schatz was eager to pursue his passion throughout his college years. He won ‘Best in Show’ at the Nashville Art Directors Guild by his senior year. His photographs continue to be recognized, winning many regional and national awards.
Schatz’s craft has a proven track record of over thirty-five years, and his work is frequently seen in print and internet advertising, corporate brochures, annual reports, books and magazines. His clientele includes Time magazine, McMillian Publishing, Honeywell International, HCA, and many others. His artworks have been exhibited around the country and are included in the permanent collections of museums, corporations, and private collectors.