Bob Avakian and his wife Gail visited Martha’s Vineyard for the summer in 1973 and it has been home ever since. He is a fine art photographer who’s home on and Island, love of buildings as well as the nighttime hours has led his work to evolve as an exploration of the solitude of the night and the rural habitat.

He has received numerous awards for his work, including: Photolucida Critical Mass 2013 Top 50 and awards in the Neutral Density Photography Awards and the International Photo Awards . This year he participated in Rfotofolio’s “Depth of Field” show at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel CA. . In 2013 he was awarded a solo show of his night photography at the South Shore Art center in Cohasset, Ma.

Bob’s work is in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s permanent art collection, the Danforth Art Museum and other notable institutions. His photographs have been featured in Lenswork’s Seeing in Sixes, Aline Smithson's Lenscratch, Rfotofolio, Peta Pixel, and Dodho magazine among numerous others.

On Martha’s Vineyard, Bob’s images can be seen at Granary Gallery in West Tisbury.



2017 Edgartown Free Public Library, Edgartown, MA

2016 The Granary Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

2015 The Granary Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

2014 June, Cape Cod Art Assoc. Selected Solo Exhibit

2014 August, The Granary Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

2013 Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY Night Photography: Stephen DiRado & Bob Avakian

2013 Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Northeast Exposure Online, March Featured Artist

2013 South Shore Art Center, Gallery Prize Award-Solo Show, June-July, William Baczek-juror


The Boston Athenaeum

The Martha's Vineyard Hospital Permanent Art Collection.

Danforth Art Museum

Center for Fine Art Photography.



2017 Lenswork: Seeing in Sixes

2017 Rfotofolio: The 2017 Selections

2017 Tokyo International Foto Awards: Portfolio, 2nd Place Category; Portfolio Personal, First Place, Gold

2016 Cape Cod Art Association: The National, Best American Landscape

2015 Focus Photo LA: Top 20 Finalist

2015 Photoville: The Fence, Boston

2015 Soho Photo: "Portfolio Contest" Finalist

2015 PX3, Fine Art Landscapes, Bronze

2014 Neutral Density Photography Awards 2014 1st Place, Night Photography

2014 Santa Fe Workshops "Water" Honorable Mention

2014 Cape Cod Art Assoc. "All Cape Cod" First Place Photography

2014 Still Point Art Gallery, "Landscapes by Day- Landscapes by Night" Best in Show-Portfolio.

2013 Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50

2013 Photo Nights Boston, Photorama 2013 First Place Overall

2013 Cape Cod Art Association’s “All New England” Best of Show

2013 International Photography Awards 2nd Place, Night Photography

2013 Cape Cod Art Association “All Cape Cod” 2nd place photography

2012 Photolucida Critical Mass 2012 Finalist

2012 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention, Night Photography

& Honorable Mention, Landscapes

2012 Cape Cod Art Association’s “All New England” 2nd Place Award, Photography

2012 All Island Art Show, Martha’s Vineyard, Ma. Best of Show

2012 Cape Cod Art Association’s “The Big Picture” 2nd Place Award


2018 Center for Photographic Art, Carmel,CA. "Depth of Field" RFotoFolio

2017 Sohn Fine Art, Lenox, MA. "Ten Spot: Photography" Portfolio Competition.

2017 Tokyo International Foto Awards Exhibition: Portfolio

2016 Center for Fine Art Photography: Portfolio Showcase #9

2016 Cape Cod Art Association: All New England

2016 Cape Cod Art Association: All Cape Cod

2015 Danforth Musuem of Art, Community of Artists, Honorable Mention

2015 Focus Photo LA: Photo Basel

2014 PhotoPlace Gallery: "The Built Environment" Brian Vanden Brink

2014 Diffusion: "The Matter of Light" Blue Mitchell

2014 Griffin Museum of Photography "20th Juried Exhibition" Aline Smithson

2014 Danforth Museum, "Community of Artists"

2014 New York Center for Photographic Art "Same but Different"

2014 Project Basho "Onward Compe 14"

2013 Danforth Museum, New England Photography Biennial 2013” Francine Weiss

2013 Griffin Museum of Photography “19th Juried Exhibition” Kathy Ryan

2013 Kiernan Gallery “Portfolio Showcase 2013” Lexington, VA. Vicki Goldberg

2013 Soho Photo Gallery, NY, "National Competition", Ms. Laura Paterson, juror

2013 SchoolHouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA. "Annual Juried Show" Arlette Kayafas, juror

2013 South Shore Art Center, Photography Now, Karin Rosenthal, juror

2013 Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery, The Magic of Light, Aline Smithson, juror

2013 Cape Cod Art Association, "All Cape Cod"

2012 Cape Cod Art Association, "All New England"

2012 Griffin Museum Of Photography, "18th Juried Show" Paul Kopeikin, juror

2012 Cape Cod Art Association "The Big Picture" Paula Tognarelli, juror

2012 Greg Moon Art, Taos, NM, "After Dark" Greg Moon, juror

2012 Gallery Seven, Maynard, MA "Into the Night" Lance Kemig, juror


2014 The 28 & Bank Gallery "Night Photography"

2014 Photolucida Critical Mass 13 "How one thing Leads to Another"
Gordon Potts Gallery and Houston Center for Photography

2013 South Shore Art Center, Invited Member Show

2013 Griffin Museum of Photography, Atelier 17 show

2012 Griffin Museum of Photography, Atelier 15 & 16 shows


2017 Lenswork: Seeing in Sixes

2016 Solsitce Literary Magazine

2016 Dodho Magazine: Issue #2

2015 Dodho Magazine "Night Photography by Bob Avakian"

2014 Gallery Kayafas: 'Out of the Frame"

2014 Peta Pixel "New England at Night" An Interview with Bob Avakian

2013 Vineyard Style Magazine, Spring Issue, Photography feature

2013 Lenscratch online Blog, Featured Photographer, January 15th

2013 New Landscape Photography, Wilson Cummer, featured on June 24

2013 Photo Eye: Art Photo Index


Member: Board of Directors, Featherstone Center for the arts, Martha's Vineyard

Juried Member: Cape Cod Art Association

Juried Member: South Shore Art Center