Remembering Robert

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Robert Symms -- 1950s
President Dwight Eisenhower greets another leader and there's Robert in the background, camera in hand.
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Robert Symms -- the 1950s
Robert Symms (left) with Augusta's other famous photographers Hugh Penny, Morgan Fitz and Vernon Gould. All took photographs for The Chronicle during the 1950s.
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Robert Symms -- 1959
Always active in the community, this image accompanied a story about Symms' work with the Aiken March of Dimes.
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Robert Symms -- About 1960
A fourth generation Augustan, Symms graduated from Richmond Academy in 1948. While a teenager, Robert worked at Anderson’s Florists, Kings Way Pharmacy and Hill Drug Store.
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Robert Symms -- 1960s
Ever the entertainer, Robert taking part in the "ARC Fun Night"
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June 1956
It's June 1956 and Robert Symms waited in an alley near the Bell Auditorium to capture this image of a rising young star named Elvis Presley as he and his band arrived.
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June 1956
Elvis shares a moment with fans Mercia Carr, left, and Margie Walker at Bell Auditorium.
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June 1956 -- Elvis on stage
Robert Symms' photo of Elvis Presley performing in Augusta. The popular young entertainer attracted 6,000 screaming fans to the Bell Auditorium and performed eight songs, including one he had yet to record --- ("You Ain't Nuthin' But A) Hound Dog."
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Robert Symms -- 1975
Symms shows off his work, some of the portrait photos he took for thousands of Augustans over the years, and the awards he won for doing it well.
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Robert Symms -- 1975
Accepting the Master of Photgraphy honor
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Robert Symms - 1995
Grayer, perhaps, but still a photographer's photographer
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Robert Symms - 1999
Symms is probably ready to photograph some young Augustan with "Jeremiah" the toy bullfrog placed on his head to bring a smile.
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Robert Symms -- 2012
Robert Symms shows off two of his favorite photographs of President Eisenhower.


Augusta photographer Robert Symms could show up on both sides of the camera and was talented at both.  Here are some shots of the man himself over the years, as well some examples of his work.


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