A True Likeness:
The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts
East Gallery, February 6 - May 28, 2016
Whenever your eyes drift while viewing the work of photographer Richard Samuel Roberts, they will always return to the faces. There’s a story to tell in each one, stories of dignity, determination and strength of spirit.
Roberts, a self-taught African American photographer, is celebrated for the remarkable portraits he took of black Columbians between 1920 and 1936 while living in South Carolina. The AMA’s exhibit of Robert’s photographs will give visitors an opportunity to examine 20 gelatin silver print, all posthumously printed from the original glass plate negatives.
Roberts and his family moved to Columbia, SC from Fernandina, FL in 1920. His wife, Wilhelmina Pearl Selena Williams, was a native of Columbia. Roberts took a job as a custodian and purchased a five-room house.
In 1922, he rented space for a photography studio and over the year's took thousands of photographs of members of this community.