About the artist.
“Roberta Booth studied at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She also studied with Alexi Brodovitch at the Richard Avedon studio and with Art Kane and Bruce Davidson in New York city. After a successful career as a high fashion model for the Ford agency, she turned to the other side of the camera and became an internationally recognized photographer, opening her studio in a carriage house on East 69th street in Manhattan in the 60’s.
Roberta’s photographs have appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country and many publications worldwide, and she also worked as a beauty and fashion photographer on major advertising accounts. Her commercial clients include Revlon, Celanese, The Wool Bureau, Smirnoff, Trivera, and Portuguese Airlines. Her photographs of icons like Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Erte, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd have become collectibles.
In the 70’s Roberta moved her studio to Milan and London and then to Los Angeles in 1980, but she continued to work in locations all over the world.
Roberta has worked with many ‘beautiful people’, from desert nudes to the Dalai Lama, and film stars including Julie Christie, Demi Moore, Nastazia Kinski, Olivia Newton John, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Zero Mostel and Jon Voight, as well as photographing stills for many major motion picture productions.
In 1982, she became interested with the 3rd dimension and Roberta entered the field of holography. Her teachers were the inventors of this new field of vision involving lasers and hi-tech equipment. She received many grants and commissions and curated for major museum exhibitions and exhibited in many galleries and museums worldwide.
These include Museum of science and Industry L.A., Powerhourse Museum Sydney, Australia, Strong Museum Boston, State Museum Austria, Royal College of Art London, Nottingham College England etc. She was one of the featured artists in ‘West Coast Artists in Light by Al Razutis.
Roberta also produced the holographic Olympic ticket for Barcelona in 1992. In 1997 she built a dome in the Mexican desert in Baja near the Sea of Cortez to continue her study of light, color and form. She fell in love with the beauty of the light in the Baja desert and its wonderful skies and the Sea of Cortez, which she photographs constantly, recently completing a book and a DVD on the subject “Healing Light”
By Ida Gustafson