A 20th Century Relic of American Portraiture: the Oeuvre of Richard S. Roberts

American photographer Richard S. Roberts was a popular name in photography in 1920’s and 1930’s South Carolina, but somehow his posthumous legacy was virtually unknown until recent discovery.

The South Carolina-based self-taught photographer had a grandiose reputation for portraiture, having a gift to imitate reality in an almost perfect fashion and likeness despite having limited materials and a small studio. Through his portraiture, he documented every aspect of the lives of the African-American community in South Carolina, an unknown visual history only to be unraveled now.

Learn more about this historical photographer through this 27-minute documentary.

Preview image is taken from the video.

2016-08-03 #people #videos #portraiture #american-photography #photography-history #richard-s-roberts

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