Robert Bauers

Public Spirit - - OPINION -

Robert Bauers, a res­i­dent of Spring­house Es­tates, Lower Gwynedd, died Fri­day, March 29, at his home. He was 87. He had suf­fered from con­ges­tive heart fail­ure.

Mr. Bauers was a well­known com­mer­cial pho­tog­ra­pher in the Philadel­phia re­gion. In a ca­reer that spanned nearly 50 years, he had stu­dios near Rit­ten­house Square in the 1950s and ’60s, tak­ing pic­tures for com­pany mag­a­zines, ad cam­paigns and an­nual re­ports. Among his clients was the Bell Tele­phone Co. From 1970-71, he was pres­i­dent of the Com­mer­cial So­ci­ety of Delaware Val­ley, an as­so­ci­a­tion of in­dus­trial and ad­ver­tis­ing pho­tog­ra­phers. He later worked for nearly two decades at Betz Lab­o­ra­to­ries in Trevose as a pho­tog­ra­pher and video spe­cial­ist. He ex­hib­ited his work in Philadel­phia on oc­ca­sion and was a mem­ber of the Philadel­phia Art Al­liance.

He al­ways said he hated com­pe­ti­tion among pho­tog­ra­phers, but col­leagues in­duced him to en­ter con­tests. In 1985, he won na­tional recog­ni­tion from In­dus­trial Pho­tog­ra­phy mag­a­zine. Whether tak­ing pho­tos of hum­ming­birds in his back yard, coastal seascapes, or even in­side an in­dus­trial boiler, “he tried to cap­ture beauty,” said his son Robert of Pottstown.

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