January 8, 1935 – June 6, 2018
Rubin Goldberg was born on January 8, 1935 and passed away on June 6, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, June 8, 2018
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June 12, 2018
I met Bob Goldberg when I worked at United Press International in NYC. He was someone whom you would meet once, and remember from then on. I can say it was due to his nature, always enthusiastic, happy, optimistic, and honest. Add that to his unparalleled photography talent, and you have the one and only Bob Goldberg. I always waited with anticipation for his Feature Photo delivery to UPI. Sometimes he would appear in the late evening, handing me a photo containing that special unique twist. He had a way of capturing a shot, that I went on to call the "Bob Goldberg" style. As a result, I considered him a mentor. Bob taught me how to keep it simple, work fast, and understand what the client was looking for, even when the client was not sure themselves. I can say, I am a better person, both in my personal life, and photography, because I knew Bob Goldberg.
Rest In Peace Bob, the world will miss you.
June 8, 2018
I'm very saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Goldberg. I first met Bob in the late 1980s when I was working at a small public relations agency in New York City, just a couple of years after graduating from college. He was not just a pioneer in business news photography. Bob was a quintessential New Yorker, a great storyteller and an absolute joy to be around. His storytelling ability directly translated into his work. He would hear what the client had to say, then in his unique way would get them to do it his way -- the right way. He usually did so by telling a story that contained a lesson to support his (always spot on) opinion. So the client would agree without losing face. Before he embraced digital photography, he sometimes would finish a shoot by taking less than a dozen shots. He usually knew the winner before he developed the film. He had his go-to formula shots, and they always worked. I couldn't count how many interns he photographed in lab coats holding high tech gadgets. As I moved to new career opportunities, I brought Bob along -- to a large PR firm, then to IBM. Even when my colleagues worked directly with him they would bring me in to consult on photo shoots because we had a great rapport and they knew I loved being around him. He was one of my favorite people in the business world. I endlessly recommended him, even to competitors. Anyone who worked with him had a positive experience -- not just because he was a creative genius but because of his effervescent personality. We lost a great one, but his legacy, his pictures and especially the lessons he taught us will endure.