A True Likeness

General - African American History, Media Arts

A True Likeness tells the story of Richard Samuel Roberts, a little-known African American photographer from South Carolina whose posthumous discovery transcended stereotypes and brought to light a significant legacy. Heralded as one of the south’s most accomplished photographers of the 1920's and 1930's, Roberts was a self-taught artist who was determined to become a master portrait maker, with every image a true likeness of the subject. But for more than 40 years after his death his work remained lost to all but his family and friends.

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A True Likeness Learning Activity
A True Likeness Learning Activity


Choose one of the photographs featured in the documentary, A True Likeness. Analyze the photograph using the prompts from the learning activity.