Zachary Roberts: An American Family
An American Family, a collection of black and white images from photographer Zachary Roberts, will be on display at Mulberry Art Studios this November, and promises to be a quietly powerful exhibition that is certain to touch the heart of every viewer- especially those local to Amish country, PA who remember the tragedy at the Nickel Mines Amish School.
Zachary Roberts is the younger brother of the gunman who stormed the school that day, killing five Amish girls before taking his own life. This October marks ten years since the massacre. (Readers who are not familiar with this tragic event can find more details at www.lancasterpa.com/amish/amish-school-shooting/.)
Originally from Strasburg, PA, Zachary Roberts currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden. His main source of inspiration is early black and white documentary photographers. He aims to show life as it is, in the moment.
The photographs of An American Family were taken in Pennsylvania when Roberts returned for several months this year to spend some time with his mother, who is dying of cancer.
“After having taken, edited and put those images together into some kind of coherent story, I feel that the difficulties of living with the tragedy of the last ten years has now subsided and I can talk about what happened. These images are a tribute to the Amish, my mother and the rest of my family. I specifically wanted to honor my mother who I hold in the highest level of respect. My mother has been using the last years to speak publicly, and I have been sitting in very large crowds of people listening to her. Her message of forgiveness is very powerful and evokes strong emotional reactions in her audience, and even catalyzes acts of forgiveness in their lives. In the remaining moments of my mother's life I can feel nothing but the highest level pride to have been lucky enough to have her as my parent,” Roberts explains.
An American Family opens with a First Friday Reception on November 4 from 5pm until 9pm, and will remain on exhibit throughout the month of November.
Zachary Roberts recognizes the Luminous Endowment for Photographers for making a significant financial contribution to support this Project. Without such support, this Project would not have been possible. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from this exhibit will benefit the Nickel Mines Accountability Committee, which helps the surviving girls' families with their medical care.