Bobby Hansson passed away in March 2015. He was a photographer of craft and sculpture for thirty years, during which time he was the principal photographer for catalogs produced by the American Craft Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he taught photography at the School of Visual Art.
He started making sculpture, objects, furniture, and musical instruments from found objects in 1955. In 1996, he produced a how-to book titled, The Fine Art of the Tin Can.
Hansson started teaching tin-can-art workshops at Penland in 1997 and taught regularly until 2011. He also taught workshops at Arrowmont, Campbell Folk School, Haystack, Peters Valley, and Touchstone.