A native Washingtonian, Ronald Gilbert Baker founded Solid
Image Photographic Service in 1974.
In April 1976, Ronald's career began to take shape when he
was hired to cover "Van McCoy Day" in DC honoring native son
& Grammy Award Winner Van McCoy. A week later, fight
promoter Don King hired him to cover the Ali - Jimmy Young
fight weekend in Landover, MD at the Capital Centre.
From those humble beginnings, Ronald was able to establish
himself as one of the premiere photojournalists in the DMV
providing professional photography services to publications like
Jet & Ebony Magazine, the Washington Post, In Touch Weekly,
and organizations like The Congressional Black Caucus, the
National Council of Negro Women, the US Dream Academy,
the Bill & Melinda Gate Millennium Scholars Program, the
United Negro College fund, Safeway, Inc., Van McCoy Music,
the Stafford Foundation, Minority Access, Inc., the Greater
Washington Urban League, Peaches & Herb, Mayor Marion
Barry, Jr., Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine,
Black Radio Entertainment Magazine, Billboard Magazine,
Radio One, BET, and many others. Ronald has published 3 books
and has co-authored a 4th.
Ronald and his twin brother Donald (also a photojournalist), have
appeared in a number of publications including Jet and Ebony
Magazines and have been interviewed on TV & Radio shows
including the Joe Madison Show in Sirrus XM Radio, The Cathy
Hughes Show, Keep It Moving Radio, The Rock Newman Show,
WUSA TV-9's Bruce Johnson's "Off Script" show, Prince George's
County CCTV, the Clio Exchange on PBS & a number of others.
Ronald & Donald were awarded "The Neediest Kids Chairman's"
award, the Congressional Black Caucus' "Excellence In Journalism
Award", inducted into "The HistoryMakers" in 2004. But their most
noteable achievement was receiving their "Honorable Discharge"
from the U.S. Army for military service during the Vietnam War.
Ronald and brother Donald adopted the Annapolis High School
Photography Class and donated nearly $30,000.00 in professional
digital cameras, studio lighting equipment, books, tripods and stands.
Ronald is married to his bride of 46 years Gene and they have a
daughter who is an attorney and two grandsons.