Robert A. Schaefer, Jr. began learning about photography while he was studying Architecture at Auburn University in Alabama, his home state, and continued to do so at the Technische Universität of Munich, Germany.
While still in Germany, Schaefer had one-person photo exhibitions in the America Hauses in Munich, Hamburg, Hannover and Frankfurt as well as Kulturhaus in Graz, Austria. In 1999 – 2000 he had a 25-Year Retrospective at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama. In 2010 Schaefer had exhibitions at the Goethe-Institute in Delhi and the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh, India. He conducts Cyanotype Workshops for the Penumbra Foundation in New York City quarterly during the year. In 2015 Schaefer moved from New York City to New Orleans, LA. . He is scheduled to instruct a Cyanotype Workshop at the New Orleans Museum of Art in November.