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Robert Hale
African American contemporary Photographer
African American, b. 1947
"Robert Hale is one of the West Coast’s leading photographers. His work both as a photographer and as a journalist, has taken him on assignment throughout the world. His images are characterized by clarity and simplicity, with an extraordinary eye for light and shadow. Whether animate or inanimate, Robert feels his subjects have an inner essence, and, if handled with patience and sensitivity, this essence will reveal itself.

"His goal is to allow it to live in prints.

"Robert, whose father is both a photographer and jazz pianist, developed his interest while still a boy growing up in Roanoke, Virginia. After graduating from high school and serving in Vietnam, he studied photography under Adrian Wagner and Hal Jordan at Los Angeles City College. He then moved to Sweden where he worked as a photographer in Stockholm. Upon his return to the United States in the mid 1970s, he felt the need for greater security in his life and turned from photography to a career in advertising.

"Although he spent the next 20 years building a successful career as an account executive, he describes this time as “years in which I had lost my courage.” It wasn’t until he reached his middle years that he determined to devote himself fully to passion of his youth. Since making that decision in 1996, his progress in the world of photography has been phenomenal.

"Robert’s images have been printed in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Black Enterprise, and a variety of national and international publications. He is currently the Directors Guild of America’s photographer. Mr. Hale has been proud to volunteer his photographic services to the Los Angeles Children’s Museum, Aids Project Los Angeles, LA Shanti, Aids Service Center in Pasadena, California, as well as serving on the board of directors for The Black Gallery Group, Los Angeles, California."


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