Robert Doherty earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1951 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. He received his Master of Fine Arts in 1954 from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
From 1972 to 1979 Robert Doherty was director of the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester. Since 1973 he has also been adjunct professor at the University of Rochester and at Rochester Institute of Technology. Robert Doherty was director/chairman of the Allen R. Hite Art Institute and Fine Arts Department of the University of Louisville, Kentucky (1967-1972), a professor in that department (1965-1972) and an associate professor (1959-1964).
Robert Doherty founded the University of Louisville's Photographic Archives and was its curator from 1962 to 1965. At the Rhode Island School of Design (1957-1959), He was director of development, and he directed graphic design at the Reynolds Metals Co. from 1953 to 1957. His other work experience includes being a tool engineer for U.S. Motors Company (1952-1953) and a production manager for Halladay Inc., printers (1949-1951).
(Photography: Men and Movements)1976