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Photojournalism: Bruce Roberts

Bruce Roberts Photo by Cheryl Roberts Photo by Cheryl Roberts

Bruce Roberts graduated from New York University, served in the U.S. Air Force, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Florida. His began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Tampa Tribune and went on to serve as editor and publisher of the Lumberton Post and the Scottish Chief, as a staff photographer for the Charlotte Observer, and as director of photography for the Wilmington News Journal. Roberts freelanced for fifteen years before joining the staff of Southern Living magazine as director of photography and later senior travel photographer.

His work chronicles the Southern experience during a significant transitional period in its history, from the early civil rights years to social programs such as Head Start, VISTA, and various rural health initiatives during the 1960s and 1970s. Roberts photographed most of the prominent politicians and other public figures of his time, including Jim Bakker, Billy Graham, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Edmund Muskie, Elvis Presley, Bob Scott, Doc Watson, and Roy Wilkins. He has written or had his photographs published in more than thirty books, notably Just Yesterday: North Carolina People and Places and North Carolina Lighthouses: Stories of History and Hope.

Roberts donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 1993.

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