December 1996

Robert L. Smith


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For Buffalo native Robert L. Smith, pictures do speak a thousand words. Robert’s interest in photography was spurred at at young age as he watched his father, an amateur photographer, capture life on film.

As an adult, Robert enjoyed a 39-1/2 year career as a noted photographer for The Buffalo News, retiring in 1995. During his prestigious career, he received many awards for his work from such organizations as the Associated Press, United Press International, and Page One awards.

Robert continues his love of photography by memorializing the ups and not-so-ups of our own beloved Buffalo Bills. Robert started capturing Bills history on film back in 1960 when the team still played in the old “Rockpile” on Buffalo’s East Side.

He just authored and published a book titled, “A View Through The Lens of Robert L. Smith-Buffalo Bills 1960-1995,” a collection of his favorite photos from the Bills inception in 1960 through 1995. Many of the photos featured can be seen at the Photographers Gallery in East Aurora.

Kim Ruiz Balcerzak is the Editor of Living Prime Time.


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