Robert Bergman took his first photograph in 1950 but it was only at the age of 65 that he finally held his first show, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. It was in 1985 that he decided to begin making portraits of unidentified people - all his images are named Untitled - first of those he would meet in the streets of Minneapolis and then in those of New York. His portraits evoke old master and Renaissance paintings with their luminous and intense aesthetic and their highlight of colors that recall Van Gogh but also Mark Rothko according to the American photographer himself. Isolated from contemporary taste and thus recognition late to come, Robert Bergman’s work nonetheless represents a deep and enigmatic American identity. He once told about an encounter with a man in the Bronx who had asked him where he came from. When Robert Bergman answered he came from Minnesota, the man replied, ‘You come all this way to photograph yourself’. Perhaps that’s where the mystery of the photographer’s work resides, in this depiction of a standard American, that could be a homeless, a neighbor, a teacher or himself.