Patricia Sweetow Gallery is pleased to welcome Robyn Twomey, a Bay Area freelance and fine-art photographer in her first exhibition at Patricia Sweetow Gallery. Robyn will present Medicine, portraits and environment archival pigment prints of medical marijuana clients living in California.
In the fall of 2009, Robyn was on photo assignment with Fortune Magazine covering the medicinal marijuana gold rush in California for the article, Medical Marijuana's High Society. While photographing behind the scenes at the dispensaries, she met 19 year-old Jordan Mays, a medical marijuana client who has a rare form of leukemia. Though not originally part of the assignment, the photo editor of Fortune Magazine encouraged Robyn to accompany Jordan to his house and photograph him. Thus began the journey for Robyn into the personal stories of Medical Marijuana prescription users. Robyn has photographed over 30 clients with an array of stories; the large-scale portraits are staged in the client's environment while each administers their medication. The photographs give voice to the diversity of those who rely on cannabis for relief, despite the frail legal framework, and the menacing social stigma.
Robyn Twomey's photographs have been included in exhibitions at the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Camerawork, and the Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco. Photographs from the series Medicine were recently published in the December issue of Esquire Magazine in Russia, with a profile on Ms. Twomey. Her freelance photography assignments have taken her world wide, with projects appearing in Time, Fortune, Wired and New York Magazine.