LA-based Fredric Roberts do­nates work to Bhutanese U.N. Mis­sion

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LOS AN­GE­LES (Novem­ber 18, 2014) — One of the most renowned images of Fredric Roberts, an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed pho­tog­ra­pher based in Los An­ge­les, is now on dis­play in the Bhutanese Mis­sion to the United Na­tions in New York. The pho­to­graph, of­fered in honor of the 59th birth­day of the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, was pre­vi­ously show­cased at the Ru­bin Mu­seum in New York.

In 2000, after re­tir­ing from a dis­tin­guished 30-year ca­reer in the fi­nance in­dus­try— in­clud­ing a term as the Chair­man of NAS­DAQ dur­ing an im­por­tant chap­ter in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s his­tory— Roberts launched his artis­tic ca­reer as a pho­tog­ra­pher and em­barked on an ex­tended tour through­out Asia, in­clud­ing a visit to the King­dom of Bhutan. The do­nated im­age was cap­tured dur­ing his time in Bhutan and was fea­tured in Roberts’ in­au­gu­ral pho­tog­ra­phy an­thol­ogy, Hu­man­i­tas, a fi­nal­ist for the For­ward Mag­a­zine 2005 Book of the Year Award.

Roberts has main­tained his con­nec­tion with Bhutan through his Fredric Roberts Pho­tog­ra­phy Work­shops pro­gram. In Jan­uary 2014, he as­sem­bled a team of world-class pho­tog­ra­phers to con­duct a work­shop for 20 high school-aged stu­dents who had never used a cam­era, em­pow­er­ing them to ex­press them­selves through the medium of pho­tog­ra­phy. Over the course of the week­long pro­gram, the stu­dents learned to use so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment and com­puter soft­ware. At the end of the work­shop, the stu­dents’ work was pre­sented in the cap­i­tal city of Thimpu at a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion, which was at­tended by the Bhutanese Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion and lo­cal me­dia; th­ese images are avail­able on­line at bit.ly/bhutanstu­dent­gallery Given the suc­cess of this ini­tial work­shop, Roberts and his team are re­turn­ing to Bhutan in Jan­uary in part­ner­ship with The Bhutan Foun­da­tion and The Bhutan Cen­ter for Me­dia and Democ­racy. There will be two work­shops con­ducted dur­ing this trip: an ad­vanced ses­sion for last year’s work­shop grad­u­ates, and another one-week be­gin­ner’s course with 20 new stu­dents.

“It’s truly an honor to present my work to the Bhutanese U.N. Mis­sion in honor of the King of Bhutan’s birth­day,” said Roberts. “My work­shops are a sin­cere la­bor of love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for this beau­ti­ful coun­try. The pro­gram sup­ports the im­por­tant work of the Bhutanese or­ga­ni­za­tions we’ve part­nered with who are ex­pand­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­der­served chil­dren.”

Roberts is a res­i­dent of Brent­wood and a long­time sup­porter of the arts in Los An­ge­les, cur­rently serv­ing as a mem­ber of the Pres­i­dent’s Cir­cle and Pho­to­graphic Arts Coun­cil of the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art (LACMA). His work has been rec­og­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards, the New York Times and the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, among oth­ers

Fredric Roberts with Kun­zang Nam­gyel, The Bhutanese Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, in front of the pho­to­graph on dis­play in the coun­try’s U.N. Mis­sion

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