Robert Erving Potter III is the President of the Midwest Chapter of ASPP.

Within his own work, he specializes in photographing the creation process and human interaction with insight and passion. Active in community theater as well as commercial photography, Robert funds his creative endeavors as owner of, a photographic art studio that creates theatrical and promotional photographs for press, publicity, editorial and advertising. Subjects include dance, art, theater, fashion, and film. Robert studied at Interlochen Arts Academy where he was trained in the visual art of photography, as well as theatrical improvisation. A European phase of Mr. Potter’s education began in 1976 with the European tour of the jazz band Weather Report, where he served as lighting director. He later returned to England to study photography and Shakespeare at Cambridge University, where he was awarded life membership to both the Cambridge University Photographic Society and the Thespian Society. Mr. Potter studied under George Strimbu at Valparaiso University where he received his B.Sc. degree in Fine Arts, graduating with honors and distinction.

Earlier this year, Robert joined the National Board of ASPP as President of its Midwest Chapter. He is President Emeritus of the Chicago Midwest chapter of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and a member of Advertising Photographers of America (APA) and Editorial Photographers (EP), both of the latter being non-profit trade organizations dedicated to the business of photography. He is also a long-standing member of the League of Chicago Theatres.

For ten years, Mr. Potter coordinated the Lakeview Church of Christ volunteer group at the Inspiration Cafe, where hot meals are served to the homeless. The Cafe’s mission is to foster independence and promote wellness among its guests and staff. Five years running he was the head chef of the City of Westminster’s Thanksgiving Community meal.

Robert took a brief break from all of this activity to talk to ASPP’s Executive Director Darrell B. Perry this past summer, in his home in Chicago, Illinois.


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