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Nationally recognized, award-winning photographer and author with over thirty years experience. Jimm Roberts is an Orlando based photographer whose distinctive portraits of acclaimed personalities have been widely published in magazines from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Variety, The New Yorker, and Vogue to Smithsonian; international photography editions include the Popular Photography and the U.S. Camera World Annuals. His work has been used on album covers for the original Allman Brothers Band, Livingston Taylor, Allen Toussaint, and Otis Redding; as the author's portrait in books by Ann Beattie, Alison Lurie, John Hersey, James A. Michener, and Thomas McGuane; in exhibition catalogues for artists such as John Chamberlain and Jules Olitski, in Sotheby's and Christie's Contemporary Art Catalogues, New York; on Dateline NBC; in Corporate and Private Collections, as well as Museum Galleries and Libraries in America and abroad.

Corporate Clients include:
Ackerman, Senterfitt, & Eidson, Atlantic Records, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Capricorn Records, Colliers International, Country Club of Orlando, Dia Art Foundation, Dr. Phillips Charities, Fry | Hammond | Barr, Hill & Knowlton, Hitachi America, Humana Hospitals, Junior League of Greater Orlando, Lacey Champion Custom Rugs, MGM Records, Merrill Lynch, Museum of Contemporary Art-Los Angeles, Orlando Museum of Art, Polygram Records, William J. Sheaffer, P.A., South Lake Hospital-Clermont, Florida, Sun Banks of Florida, Sotheby's Contemporary Art Catalogues-New York, Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Catalogue-New York, Todd Persons Communications, Universal Music Group, Warner Brothers Records, 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center, New York.


He is author of the award-winning book, "Southernmost Art and Literary Portraits", (Mercer University Press), chronicling his intimate portraits and personal interviews with fifty internationally noted artists and writers in Florida, 1983-2003, including; Edward Albee, Ann Beattie, John Chamberlain, Harry Crews, Annie Dillard, Carl Hiaasen, Roy Lichtenstein, John D. MacDonald, James Merrill, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Larry Rivers, the last known portrait of Isaac B. Singer, Syd Solomon, Richard Wilbur, and Joy Williams, among others. In the fall of 2012, the Orlando Museum of Art presented the premiere exhibition of "Southernmost Art and Literary Portraits".

Roberts was awarded The American Spirit of Honor Medal, U.S. Navy, 1961; a Good Citizenship Award, City of Orlando 1975; he has received over two dozen Addy Awards for commercial work, 1972-1985 ; the prestigious Dishinger Award naming Jimm Roberts the Outstanding Classical Portrait Photographer in Florida - Florida Professional Photographers Association, 1977; he is a recipient of an Individual Artist's Grant -Florida Department of State, 1987; a Top Ten Book Award, Foreword Magazine, 2005; the 2005 Gold Award for Best Book of Photography of the Year published by a University Press, - Book Expo America, Washington, D.C.; Roberts' work is included in the American Art Portrait Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., as well as The George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, N.Y. 2010. At the Orlando Museum of Art 2012, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer proclaimed September 22nd as "Jimm Roberts' Florida Art and Artists Day" recognizing Roberts' "vibrant contributions to the Orlando community."

Jimm Roberts is a graduate of the U.S. Naval School of Photography and served with Photo-Intelligence during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1961; he holds a BFA Degree in Painting/Art History from the University of Georgia, 1964; Roberts worked as black and white printmaker, Jerome Drown Photography, Atlanta, Georgia, 1964-1966; From 1966-1968, he managed the Penthouse of the newly opened Atlanta Playboy Club. He returned to academia and pursued Graduate Studies at New York University 1968-1970 . Roberts moved to Florida and opened his Orlando Studio in 1971; founded the photography program at the Loch Haven Art Center (now the Orlando Museum of Art) where he taught a series of popular classes and workshops 1972-1982. 

Currently, Roberts works in his Orlando, Florida studio, as well as on-location and personal photography projects; planning future exhibitions; spends time in the studio's tropical garden; cooks, reads and mentors aspiring photographers who seek encouragement and motivation in finding his or her own voice. 


(Photo c. Marcus Sharpe, all rights reserved).