Bonnell Robinson is Professor of Photography and Art History at the Art Institute of Boston where she is also the Director of Exhibitions. After having taken a long hiatus from photography to pursue teaching and curatorial work, she began to photograph again in Russia (2003) and Eastern Europe (2004) concentrating on sites associated with critical moments in history. Her current project on the Great War has covered the Western and Southern Fronts (2006-2009) and beginning in 2011, she intends to continue documenting sites in Gallipoli (Turkey) and the Middle East. Her past photographic work has been exhibited at the Fogg Art Museum, Addison Gallery of American Art, George Eastman House, Smithsonian Institution, and the Houston Center for Photography.
After graduate studies with Minor White at M.I.T. and receiving her MFA at Rhode Island School of Design, she became Assistant to the Curator of Photographs at the Fogg Art Museum and, later, Historical Consultant in Photography to the Peabody Museum and the Widener Library at Harvard University. Her expertise is in Middle Eastern and East Asian 19th Century photography with emphasis on the Beato Brothers and Japanese photographers of the Meiji period.
Beginning her teaching career in 1980, Robinson has taught on the faculties of MassArt, RISD, Boston University, and Brandeis University as well as the Art Institute of Boston.