Museum of the Albemarle Opens Bruce Roberts Photojournalist 50 Years of Capturing Change

The Museum of the Albemarle presents Bruce Roberts Photojournalist: 50 Years of Capturing Change open August 13, 2011, through the fall.

A 1960 sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Charlotte; Richard Petty and Miss Winston celebrating a mid-1970s victory at North Wilkesboro Speedway; destruction at Kitty Hawk following the March 1962 Ash Wednesday Storm — these are only a few of the myriad of photographs featured in a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle. “Bruce Roberts Photojournalist: 50 Years of Capturing Change” .

New York native Bruce Roberts began his love of photography as a teenager when he set up a makeshift darkroom in his family’s basement. After graduating from New York University and serving two years in the U.S. Air Force, he came to North Carolina to take photographs for the Hamlet News-Messenger. Roberts’ photographs were published in national publications such as Life, Look, Time and Saturday Evening Post. He also contributed many cover photographs to The State magazine, now known as Our State. In 1958, venerable editor Pete McKnight hired Bruce Roberts at the Charlotte Observer, where he became part of a legendary team of young and talented photographers who pioneered the use of 35 millimeter cameras in photojournalism.

Roberts has written or had his photographs published in more than 50 books, most recently “Just Yesterday: North Carolina People and Places” (North Carolina Office of Archives and History, 2008). His accolades are numerous – twice named Southern Photographer of the Year, three-time winner of the National Press Photographers Association News Photographers competition and notably, he was named the first recipient of the Carl Goerch Award, designed to honor those who embodied the curious, energetic, and appreciative spirit of Our State magazine’s founder.

“Bruce Roberts Photojournalist: 50 Years of Capturing Change,” features black and white and color images of Roberts’ work from his prolific career and includes topics such as desegregation, commercial fishing, changing rural landscapes and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This exhibit made possible though generous support from the Frank Stick Memorial Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

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