ADK Museum features famed photography

OLDFORGE -Before motion-sensors, in-fared, and mega pixels, before digital trail cameras there was Hobart Roberts.

The Adirondack Museum's Cabin Fever Sunday series will travel to Old Forge March 13 to present "Night Vision: The Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts". Museum Curator Laura Rice will host the event at the Old Forge Arts Center at 1:30 p.m.

The presentation will offered at no charge to museum members and children of elementary school age or younger. The fee for non-members is $5. For additional information, call 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

Hobart Vosburgh Roberts (1874-1959) was one of the nation's most recognized amateur wildlife photographers in the first decades of the 20th century. Roberts developed ingenious techniques for capturing birds and animals on film in their natural habitats. Most notably, the Utica native was one of a small group of amateur photographers who pioneered photographing animals at night.

"Night Vision: Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts," will be introduced asa n exhibit at the Adirondack Museum Friday, May 27. Laura Rice's illustrated presentation will preview the approximately 35 original large-format photographs of Adirondack wildlife, cameras, equipment, colored lithographic prints, hand-colored transparencies, published works, as well as the photographer's many awards that will be included in the exhibit.

Robert's work was published in Audubon Magazine, Country Life, Modern Photography, and The National Geographic Magazine. Famed photographer, Edward Steichen selected Roberts' photos for inclusion in U.S. Camera 1940, along with images by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Eliot Porter.

Laura Rice joined the staff of the Adirondack Museum in 2003. She had previously served as a curator, museum educator, and consultant at a number of other museums. Rice holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in American civilization with an emphasis on museum studies. She is the author of the award-winning book, Maryland History in Prints: 1752 - 1900, a history of the state of Maryland based on selected images in the Maryland Historical Society Print Collection.

Cabin Fever Sunday programs are sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park. For more information, visit www.pearsallfoundation.org.

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