Robert Lyons lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Western Massachusetts.
He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, University of Washington, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979.
Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: NEA Survey Grant, Ford Foundation Grants, and most recently a MacDowell Residency 2009.
His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum and the University of Washington–Henry Art Gallery, Microsoft Corporation, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson–Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.
His published books include: Egyptian Time, Doubleday – 1992, Another Africa, Bantam Dell Doubleday– 1998, The Company of Another, – Galerie Michael Schultz Berlin – 2003, and Intimate Enemy: Voices and Images from the Rwandan Genocide – Zone Books 2006.
For this haunting book of portraits, Robert Lyons photographed murderers, accomplices and surviving victims from the Rwandan Genocide — the photos are presented without captions, and it's impossible to imagine the roles of most.