Robert Hite is inspired both by a rich Southern narrative tradition and closeness to nature. The imagery in his work draws upon the memories of his childhood in rural Virginia during the civil rights era. Hite is interested in exploring issues of local knowledge, memory, transience, environment, disenfranchisement and domicile as living art. Much of his photographic work juxtaposes the artificial and the natural and play with architectural scale.
Hite attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and studied ink brush painting in Malaysia. Hite also worked for and studied with Washington Color School painter Leon Berkowitz and is a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Robert Hite, Mudflat House (2006), Digital ink jet print w/ Epson, 12 x 18 inches