Robert Houston Oral History Interview

Created by
National Museum of African American History and Culture, American, founded 2003
Recorded by
Patrick Telepictures, Inc., American
Interview of
Robert Houston, American, born 1935
Interviewed by
Bryant, Aaron
Subject of
Parks, Gordon, American, 1912 - 2006
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration (2016.129.5.1a): 82.7 minutes
Duration (2016.129.5.2a): 82.7 minutes
Type
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
July 14, 2016
Description
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.
132.40872 GB
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.
Topic
African American
Entertainers
Museums
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2016.129.5.1a-2a
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
See more items in
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Collection Donor Oral History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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