The oral history consists of 2016.129.5.1a and 2016.129.5.2a: two versions (unedited, and edited) of a single digital video recording.
Robert Houston was interviewed as part of the NMAAHC Donor Oral History Collection. Mr. Houston donated a collection of his photographs to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In this interview, Robert Houston discusses his life and his journey to become a photographer. His story includes references to Gordon Parks and his unconventional methods of getting close enough to take shots of celebrities and entertainers.
Unedited File: Unedited digital file of oral history interview. This file is necessary in case we need to refer to the original recording for any reason and/or want to use a portion of the file that has been edited out.
Edited File: Videographer has minimized or eliminated interruptions, false starts and any unnecessary sounds. An agreed upon slate has also been added with title, date, and logo. Separate files of the same interview have been concatenated. This is the copy that will be made available to the public and/or researchers and uploaded to the website.