Richard S. Roberts photographer 🎥 (on right)
#RichardSamuelRoberts was Born May 4, 1860, in South Carolina, he was a self-taught photographer, who operated his own studio in Fernandina, FL, where he gained a reputation as a portrait maker. Success was achieved as a result of long hours of study that could only be done after he had finished his day's work as a stevedore and later as a fireman laborer. He read books and magazines on photography, becoming familiar with the nuances of lighting, angles, shadows, and backgrounds. His dream was to become a master portrait-maker, with every picture a true reproduction of the subject.
Roberts rented a studio in the heart of Columbia, S.C. Carolina's African-American commercial district on Washington Street in 1922. At the same time working as a post office custodian from 4 a.m. to noon. For the next 14 years, the thousands of pictures that Roberts took comprise a stunning visual history of every aspect of the African-American community in South Carolina's capital city.
The discovery of the glass negatives initiated a major research and preservation project. With the invaluable cooperation of the Roberts family, a display of #RichardRoberts' photographs was held at the Columbia Museum in 1986 as part of the city's bicentennial celebrations. Many of Roberts' portraits have been collected and published in a book, "A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts: 1920-1936." The pictures are the most realistic collective images of South Carolina's African-American life in the early 20th century, especially the rise of the economically secure middle class.
An outstanding photographer, Richard S. Roberts showed that self-determination is often the key to success. He shares his time in history with those whose lives he documented through photography. However, for more than 40 years after his death in 1936, this most accomplished of photographer remained virtually unknown to all but his family and those who had been his closest friends.
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