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.