Valle, Robin Joy
Robin Valle, born July 11, 1953 in Syracuse, N.Y., died at home in Los Angeles on June 12, 2009. After receiving her BA from SMU and an MFA in Photo/Cinematography from the University of Illinois in 1977, she moved to Los Angeles. Valle exhibited her one-of-a-kind Cibachrome photographs at galleries and museums locally and nationally. In 1982, she was selected for the NEA funded, "Life in LA" project, sponsored by the Los Angeles Women's Building. Valle taught photography at many Southland colleges as well as the LA County High School for the Arts. She was one of the first LA based photographers to explore digital media, receiving an Innovative Instruction Grant from Chaffee College in 1989 to create their first photography class in digital media. In 1998 she became a member of the full-time faculty at El Camino College, where she was instrumental in developing the Digital Arts program.
She is survived by her parents, Joy and Bob Valle; Her brother, Dr. David Valle and his wife Sue ; her nephew Joshua Valle and his wife Mary; and her grandniece Margaret Valle. She will be remembered for her love of life, sense of humor, her incredible art work, gift of teaching, devotion to physical fitness and love of her pets by her family, many friends, colleagues and students.
There will be a one person show of her extensive work, entitled Robin Valle:From Darkroom to Digital Works from 1974 - 2009 at El Camino College Art Gallery, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, from August 31-September 25, with a reception on Tuesday, September 8, 7-9 p.m. For more info, call Susanna Meiers (310) 660-3593 ext. 3543.
Donations may be sent to SPCA LA, 506 West Jefferson Blvd., LA, Ca. 90016 or Rita's Rainbows, 5355 Davenport Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, Ca. 93401-8111. Condolences may be sent to the Valles at 5010 Burning Tree Circle, Stuart Fl 34997.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 25, 2009