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Best known for his work with the Intermountain Jewish News, Weinberg focused on portraits of people in the Denver community. Weinberg's photography adds a valuable dimension to the visual record of the Mile High City during this time and displays his innate ability to capture personal stories and emotions.
Weinberg prided himself on creating “people pieces” that connected Denver to the broader world. His photography focused on both everyday Denverites – such as Leonder Taylor, a man experiencing homelessness in 1994 – and globally renowned individuals – like Pope John Paul II, former President Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ellie Wiesel, John Fielder and Dan Rather.
Much of Weinberg’s work concentrated on identifying institutional racism and removing barriers for Denverites. Each of his photos connects not only to a specific moment in time but a larger story that was unfolding. The stories behind his photos are explored in quotes from Weinberg which serve as labels for the exhibition. Now legally blind, Weinberg requested the labels for this exhibition be as accessible as possible, so History Colorado partnered with the Colorado Center for the Blind to have them translated into Braille, along with the traditional English and Spanish versions.
"It has been my honor to capture some of the moments when the world came to Denver," Weinberg said. "I want the memories and stories behind my portfolio to be preserved and shared with many, especially now that I am legally blind. I am delighted that History Colorado plans to present these images with braille descriptions to make them more widely available."
In celebration of this exhibition's opening, History Colorado will host a reception on January 20, from 6-8 p.m. At this free event, visitors can meet Weinberg, view some of his favorite photos, and hear stories about his life and career. Cash bar and light refreshments will be available during the opening reception of The World in Denver: Photography by Robert Weinberg, and while this free event is open to the public, RSVP is required.
About Robert Weinberg
Robert Weinberg was born in Denver to David and Faye Weinberg. His passion for
photography began in East St. Louis as a Vista Volunteer photographer. After he honed his craft, he moved back to Colorado and started his own photography business. In the following decades, Weinberg captured the personal stories that intertwined in Denver during the 1980s and 1990s.
Weinberg began losing his sight in the early 1990s, and by 1998 he was legally blind. It took years for him to acclimate to his new life. He credits organizations like the Colorado Center for the Blind, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Colorado Talking Book Library, and National Industries for the Blind for helping him learn to live independently as a person who is visually impaired.
About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 143-year-old institution that operates eleven museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is one of the nation’s largest state funded preservation programs of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state. Additionally, the offices of the State Archaeologist and the State Historic Preservation Officer are part of History Colorado.
History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and ten other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit HistoryColorado.org, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.