From the Collection : Richard Samuel Roberts Photography

October 3 - January 7, 2018

Stories of African Americans living and working in South Carolina during the 1920s and 30s told through the eyes of one of the state’s most revered photographers

This exhibition features the stories of African Americans living and working in South Carolina during the 1920s and ’30s as told through the eyes of one of the state’s most revered photographers, Richard Samuel Roberts. Based out of his downtown photography studio, Roberts took thousands of photographs documenting the lives of individuals and families from Columbia’s African-American commercial district. Today, these photographs are part of the CMA collection and are actively used to teach about the historical significance of Columbia’s African-American community, who lived full and distinguished lives with all of the diverse experiences such living entails, and Roberts’ artistic legacy that affirms the values of discipline, clarity, family, hard work and – not least among these essential virtues – beauty. 

The works in this exhibition are gifts of Gerald E. Roberts, Beverly Roberts, Cornelius C. Roberts, and Wilhelmina R. Wynn.