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Night Vision – Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts

March 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments · Adirondack News

Old Forge, N.Y. – Before motion-sensors, in-fared, and mega pixels, before digital trail cameras there was Hobart Roberts.

Adirondack MuseumThe Adirondack Museum’s Cabin Fever Sunday series will travel to Old Forge, New York on March 13, 2011. “Night Vision: The Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts” with museum Curator Laura Rice will be held at the Old Forge Arts Center. The program will begin 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 $5.00. For additional information, please call the Education Department at (518) 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum’s web site at

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, N.Y. native was one of a small group of amateur photographers who pioneered photographing animals at night.

Great Blue HeronThe Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. will introduce a new exhibit, “Night Vision: Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts,” on May 27, 2011. 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. Ms. 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:

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, tells stories of the people – past and present — who have lived, worked, and played in the unique place that is the Adirondack Park. History is in our nature. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For information about all that the museum has to offer, please call (518) 352-7311, or visit

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • Krista Weaver

    I think I have an original photograph done by Hobart v. Roberts. I have been trying to find out more about it. is there anyone who might be able to tell me what it is worth?

  • TourPro

    Library of Congress – Acquisition and Appraisal Information may have some info that could help.

  • Donald L. Brockman Jr.

    I also have what I believe is an original, the couple of people I have spoke with think the one I have is unusual for the fact that it actually show Hobarts on a boat taking a picture of two bucks.
    The name of the piece is ‘TWO BUCKS”. I am struggling to find any information on the picture.

  • TourPro

    Good Luck, I can’t find anything about it.

  • Connie Frisbee Houde

    New York State Musuem has a photograph by Roberts that sounds very similar to this in our collection.

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