Roberta Price is a writer and intellectual property attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born in New York City and raised in White Plains, New York, she graduated from Vassar in 1968. Following graduation, she became a teaching fellow in the SUNY at Buffalo graduate English program under Leslie Fiedler. It was there that she received the grant to photograph communes in the Southwest, and traveled to the Huerfano Valley in 1969. By 1970, she settled in Libre and began building a house there.
After seven years living in voluntary poverty in Libre, Price finally left the communes behind to pursue a law degree. She moved to New Mexico, where she attended the University of New Mexico School of Law. She graduated in 1983, and began a successful law career defending intellectual property rights.
As part of her practice, Price represents Southwestern artists and Native American tribes on intellectual property and cultural issues. For over a decade, she represented the Pueblo of Zia in its fight to protect its sacred sun symbol from commercial use. Her work on the case garnered attention from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, who both featured Price in their pages.
In addition to her work as an attorney, Price headed the writing program at University of New Mexico School of Law for seven years, and directed its affirmative action summer programs. She also taught in the American Indian Law Center's renowned summer pre-law program for Native Americans.
Price has worked for the London Vogue and has published poetry, articles and photographs in Chelsea, Ms. Magazine, the London Times Sunday supplement, Shelter by Lloyd Kahn (Random House) and Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedlic Sixties by Alastair Gordon (Rizzoli), Brick, and Volume. In 2001, she won grants from Vassar College and the Wurlitzer Foundation to take a year off to write her first book Huerfano: A Memoir of Life in the Counterculture (U. Mass Press 2004). It was chosen as one of the Top Ten University Press Books of the Year by Foreword, which focuses on independent presses, and is taught in colleges and university courses on the era. The Beinecke Library at Yale University purchased Price's countercultural photo archive, some 3,500 photos and other materials. Her second book, Across the Great Divide: A Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture (U.N.M. Press 2010) won the gold medal for photography books in 2010 from Foreword. Her photography show, sponsored by 516 ARTS in New Mexico and The Museum at Bethel Woods, traveled to four venues across the country in 2012-2013. Price is an officer and board member of the State Fair Portrait Project and is a photographer for that project. She is married to John Boyd, and they have two sons.