Robert Drexhage, Born on 30 December 1966 is a Dutch photographer and entrepreneur.
Early life and family
Robbie Drexhage was born on 30 December 1966 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Raised and grown up in the fortress city of Naarden, het Gooi, North Holland, the Netherlands.
His father Richard Drexhage (1928 – 2006) was a Correspondent and his mother (1933) is a retired event organizer for several charity and social organizations.
Drexhage began his career as a photographer when he met his life time friend Andrew Bowler in a railway station in Algeciras (Spain) waiting for departure by ship to Morocco. Robbie had bought a cheap camera for this trip and tried to use it. Bowler made him aware of more possibilities of camera use and Robbie’s interest in Photography was born. Robbie Drexhage and Andrew Bowler shared the same interest in music and stated to exchange experiences.
Back in the Netherlands the films where developed and printed and got some attention from people who saw these images, all in color.
In 1985 Robbie applied for a position as an assistant in the photo Studio of South African photographer Leon Klibansky (father of artist Joseph Klibansky) in Amsterdam and started learning to work at professional level. Advertising campaigns where for their for international brands as Phillips. At the same time he started to study at the Fotovakschool academy in Apeldoorn.
In 1987 Robbie Drexhage became a press photographer working for Dutch newspapers.
Old time school friend and photographer Sebastian Westerweel recommended him to his clients in the music instruments industry such as Sabian, Zildjian, Tama, Latin Percussion, Ibanez, Washburn, Le Blanc, Mapex, Blade and Gretch.
Robbie Drexhage photographed artists like Erick Clapton, Carlos Santana, B.B King, Sting, James Brown, Marcus Miller, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Al Jarreau, Don Alias, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, John Scofield. Pat Metheny, Youssou N´dour, Eart Wind and Fire, Jimmie Ray Vaughan, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Laura Fygi, Oletta Adams, Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani, Van Morrison ,George Benson, Chick Corea, Poncho Sanchez, Mike Stern, David Weckl, Dr. John, Courtney Pine, Norman Brown, Dianne Reeves, Oscar Peterson, The Yellow Jackets, Little Richard, Jim Hall, Branford Marsalis, Simon Phillips, Terry Bossio, Richard Gere, Greg Boyer, George Clinton, the Rosenberg trio, Lester Bowie and Billy Cobham.
Robbie’s work has been published in magazines like the Guitarist, Music Maker, Slagwerkkrant and countless other magazines. He had photographed the Pat Metheny “still live here” tour, photographed the CD cover of the Rosenberg trio album Caravan and had daily studio shots with artists at his studio in Hilversum and later Bussum in the Netherlands.
Robbie moved slowly towards more commercial advertising Photography and became an entrepreneur.
In the late 1990’s Robbie started to be more interested in street photography and admired the work of Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa and other Magnum group photographers. In 1997 he left the Netherlands and to travel the world. Most of his work was in black and white using Kodak Trixfilm developed in Kodak D76, creating “grained images”. After a year of traveling he ended up in Bali Indonesia where he still lives with his wife and son. Now being an entrepreneur setting up several successful businesses in real estate, building construction, restaurants, started a magazine for the tourist area of Lovina, “the Lovina Pages” and became involved in charity projects and is founding member of the Rotary Club of Bali Lovina. Robbie’s Construction Company Lovina Villa Property built a school building for the Window to the world school, a charity project in Lovina.
In 2016 he founded the Singaraja Montessori School to improve the education possibilities in the north Bali region.