Who is rich? He who is happy with what he has.
- Pirkei Avos
When I look at the people I photograph, I see that they have a larger vision of life, a vision that transcends monetary wealth. It is about their relationship with their god, with their land, neighbors, and family. It is the power of those relationships that I want to communicate.
- Fredric Roberts
FREDRIC ROBERTS is a Photographer who resides in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. He is represented by the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles and the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also represented by the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York, the Robert Klein Gallery in Boston and Bougainvillaea Gallery in Udaipur, India. His photographs are in the collections of Stanford and Yale Universities, Pitzer College, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Rubin Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.
In January 2011, he established The Fredric Roberts Photography Workshop for Indian students in Udaipur, India. A second workshop in Udaipur was held in January 2012, and included, in addition to basic students, advanced training for graduates of the first workshop. In October of 2012, he was asked by a worldwide charitable organization to create a continuation of his workshops on their behalf in several countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. In March 2011, he was awarded "Best Foreign Photographer for India" by the Government of India.
In December 2003, he was a winner in two categories of the International Photography Awards. The awards include 1st Place for Photojournalism/Photo Essay, 1st Place for Fine Art/Landscape and 3rd Place for Photojournalism/PhotoEssay. In 2004, he was awarded 2nd Place in the Travel/Tourism category. His first book, HUMANITAS Volume One, was a finalist for Foreward Magazine's 2005 Book Of The Year Award in the Photography category. In December, 2007, his second book, HUMANITAS II, was featured in the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2007. It also received Honorable Mentions in the 2007 Lucie Awards Fine Art and People categories, as did 17 of the individual images from that book.
Mr. Roberts' work was exhibited in a solo show at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego from May through September 2008. He had a similar solo exhibit of his work at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City from September 2006 through February 2007 and at Lehigh University in 2009. In 2010 and 2011, he had solo exhibitions at Yale University, Stonybrook University, and the City of Ontario Museum of History and Art.
Mr. Roberts is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and for several years was a member of the Advisory Council of the Santa Fe Center for Photography. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, California. He was recently the President of the Pitzer College President’s Council. He is a member of the Patron’s Circle of the Museum of Photographic Arts and a member of the President’s Circle and Photographic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Mr. Roberts is a Director, and former Chairman of the Board, of Cost Plus, Inc., a leading specialty retailer of casual home furnishings and entertaining products. He was also a Director of Tween Brands, a specialty retailer of apparel, lifestyle and personal care products for fashion-aware young girls, until its sale to Dress Barn, Inc.
In 2000, Mr. Roberts retired from the finance industry after more than 30 years as an investment banker. In 1980, he established F.M. Roberts & Company, a Los Angeles based investment banking company. He served as 1993 Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”), which then owned and operated The Nasdaq Stock Market. From 1994 to 1996, he was a member of the Nasdaq Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He has also been the Chairman of the NASD’s Corporate Financing and Strategic Planning Committees and the Nasdaq Marketing Committee, as well as a member of the National Nominating, Rate Formulation and Listing Qualifications Committees.
Mr. 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 and a member of the Executive and Finance Committees of the Los Angeles Music Center. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Music Center’s Fraternity of Friends 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 the University of California Los Angeles and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He 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.