Fredric Roberts

Fredric Roberts

Fredric Roberts is an award-winning photographer based in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the United Nations General Assembly, The Rubin Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the City of Ontario Museum of History and Art, Yale University, Stonybrook University, Lehigh University and the San Diego International Airport.

Fred is a member of the President’s Circle and Photographic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He was previously a member of the Advisory Council of the Santa Fe Center for Photography, the Patron’s Circle of the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Board of Directors of the Center for Photographic Arts, and also served as the President of the Pitzer College President’s Council.

In 2000, Fred retired from a distinguished 30-year career in the finance industry. In 1980, he established F.M. Roberts & Company, a Los Angeles-based investment banking company. In 1993, he served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), which then owned and operated the Nasdaq Stock Market. He later served as a member of the Nasdaq Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, Chairman of the NASD’s Corporate Financing and Strategic Planning Committees, the Nasdaq Marketing Committee, and the National Nominating, Rate Formulation and Listing Qualifications Committees. Recently, he was a Director, and former Chairman of the Board, of Cost Plus, Inc., a leading specialty retailer of casual home furnishings and entertaining products.

In January 2011, he established the first Fredric Roberts Photography Workshop in Udaipur, India, and recently embarked on a continuation of these workshops across the world. The first of these took place in Bhutan in January 2014, followed by a second workshop in Nicaragua in May 2014.

Fred Roberts is a graduate of Yale University and The Hill School and is an active member of the business and cultural communities in Los Angeles. He is an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Music Center. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Music Center’s Leadership Council and Founding Chairman of the Spotlight Awards Scholarship Program. He has been a frequent lecturer for the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and the Young Presidents’ Organization, and has written several articles on corporate finance for Chief Executive Magazine. He is the former Cellar Master of the Los Angeles chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and past President of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

His work is in the collections and/or represented by the following institutions in the United States and around the world:

  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA)
  • The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations (New York, NY)
  • The Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY)
  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)
  • The Stephen Cohen Gallery (Los Angeles, California)
  • The Hayworth Gallery (Los Angeles, California)
  • The Bougainvillaea Gallery (Udaipur, India)

Fred has received widespread recognition for his work:

  • "Best Foreign Photographer for India" award from the Government of India in March 2011
  • International Photography Award: 2003 (winner in two categories), 2004 (second place in the "Travel/Tourism" category)
  • Foreward Magazine’s "Book Of The Year" Award: In 2005, Roberts’ first book, HUMANITAS Volume One, was a finalist in the Photography category
  • The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of the Year: Roberts’ second book, HUMANITAS II, was featured in this list in 2007
  • 2007 Lucie Awards: Honorable mentions in the "Fine Art" and "People" categories

Humanitas III

The People of Burma

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The third brilliant volume in the Humanitas series captures the vibrant lives of the Burmese people.

Following the success of Humanitas and Humanitas II: The People of Gujarat, photographer Fredric Roberts now turns his lens to the captivating and controversial country of Burma. The result of eight years of travel throughout the region, the approximately 120 photographs in Humanitas III focus on the spiritually rich lives of the Burmese people. Featuring temples, portraits, scenes of everyday life, and incredible landscape, Humanitas III offers a rare view of a country that has been closed to —or avoided by— many photographers due to its social isolation and reputation for political repression.

Cicero coined the termhumanitas (literally, “human nature”) to describe the development of human virtue in all its forms, denoting fortitude, judgment, prudence, eloquence, and even love of honor—which contrasts with our contemporary connotation of humanity (understanding, benevolence, compassion, mercy). The Latin term is certainly a fitting book title as we are struck with respect and awe for Roberts’s subjects’ individual fortitude and eloquence rather than pity for their plight: each photograph tells us a compelling story.

Curated by Britt Salvesen, the department head and curator of the photography department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, many of the images present subjects looking directly at the photographer and at the reader, effortlessly prompting a cross-cultural dialogue. Essays by Teri Edelstein and Emma Larkin, an expert journalist/author covering Burma, provide context for Roberts’s photographs by describing the lives of the Burmese peoples. about the photographer and authors

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Humanitas II

The People of Gujarat

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On the heels of his success with Humanitas, Fredric Roberts astonishes us yet again with his vibrant photography on virtually every page of Humanitas II, an in-depth and personal look at the face of the Gujurat.

In a brilliant follow-up to his critically acclaimed book, Humanitas, Fredric Roberts continues his journey in search of humanity with Humanitas II, chronicling stories of beauty and grace, work and family, spirituality and devotion, while redefining photographic documentation and representation. This time he takes us to Mumbai and throughout the state of the Gujarat in India. Roberts’s striking photographs explore India today and its links to the past. Here are day-to-day events as well as special ceremonies, giving us a firsthand view of these peoples that serves to the gap between “us” and “them.” The subject often looks directly at the photographer and at the reader, effortlessly prompting a cross-cultural dialogue

Arthur Ollman, Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts, returns in this volume with a foreword, and Deborah Willis contributes her introduction to place this stunning second installment of Humanitas in context.

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Humanitas

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A vibrant collection of images by an award-winning photographer, whose striking portraits taken on travels throughout Asia compel us to look humanity straight in the eye.

Humanitas is the result of a five-year photographic adventure. During this time, Fredric Roberts traveled extensively throughout Asia, from India to Cambodia, Bhutan to Thailand, Myanmar to China, some areas that were recently in the news after being ravaged by the tsunami. While this collection of images preceded the disaster and was only coincidentally released in its wake, it became a timely tribute to these people. Cicero coined the term humanitas (literally, “human nature”) to describe the development of human virtue in all its forms, denoting fortitude, judgment, prudence, eloquence, and even love of honor — which contrasts with our contemporary connotation of humanity (understanding, benevolence, compassion, mercy).

The Latin term is certainly a fitting title as we are struck not with pity for his subjects’ poverty, but with respect and awe for their individual fortitude and eloquence: each photograph tells us a compelling story. From a touching portrait of a mother and child to isolated monks at prayer, Roberts’s fifty-five photographs introduce us to a wide array of fascinating individuals. With an introduction by Arthur Ollman, Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts, and an afterword by Dennis High, Executive Director/Curator, Center for Photographic Art, Humanitas captures the spirit and the beauty of each subject and will be a sheer delight to any lover of photography or travel.

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