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Bob Brooks fonds
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- Brooks, Bob, 1927-1999
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- 375 cm of photographs
- 5 of textual records
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Name of creator
Photojournalist Bob Brooks was born in 1927 at Watertown, Conn. After completing his education in the United States, Brooks moved to Yarmouth, N.S. in September 1949. In 1957 he established a commercial photography firm, Bob Brooks Illustrative Photography. His work appeared in Time Life, The Star Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, McCall's, Harper's, Maclean's, Chatelaine, The London Times, Paris Match and National Geographic, as well as 26 other publications. He was on retainer for The Star Weekly (Toronto) for eight years (1960 to 1968) but concurrently held other major commercial accounts. These included the Halifax Herald Ltd., for whom he covered events in western Nova Scotia. After The Star Weekly closed in 1969, he managed race tracks in Yarmouth and Halifax, and in Barrie, Ont., and supplemented his income by doing freelance photography. Brooks returned to full-time photography in 1972, working on contract for the Nova Scotia Communications and Information Center and joining its permanent staff at Halifax in October 1974. He remained there until his retirement in April 1992. Brooks received over forty international photography awards, which included Master of Photographic Arts (the highest award in Canada for professional photographers) in 1988, the Award of Excellence from the Maritime Professional Photographers Association, and the Art Directors' Award for Canada three times. He was a member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, the Maritime Professional Photographers Association and the Professional Photographers of Canada. He was one of the original photographers who joined Image Bank International of New York in 1974. Brooks died in September 1999 and is buried in Yarmouth.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of photographic works created by Brooks. The majority of the fonds was created for his photojournalist assignments or on spec. The fonds also consists of textual material related to Brooks' assignments and biographical material. The graphic material centers on Southwest Nova Scotia, primarily the counties of Digby and Shelburne. The fonds has been arranged in 23 series based on content or purpose of photograph.
Includes b&w and col.prints, b&w and col. negatives, b&w and col. contact proofs, col. trans., and col. slides.
Immediate source of acquisition
Records were donated by the creator and his wife Marion Brooks in 1993.
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Copyright held by the Yarmouth County Historical Society.
Series descriptions are available.
See also the Yarmouth Royal Store Limited fonds, Yarmouth County Museum Archives.
Further accruals are expected.
The collection has been certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.