Eugene Richards
American, born 1944
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time,
ICP Museum
2017
Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time,
George Eastman Museum
2014
Eugene Richards: Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down,
Stephen Daiter Gallery

Known for his sensitive but unflinching photo essays published in books and magazines, Eugene Richards has explored topics as diverse as the American family, drug addiction, and river blindness, as well as documented urban and rural poverty in America, and his first wife’s struggle with breast cancer. From his beginnings as a photographer, after studying with Minor White at MIT, Richards used his practice to generate awareness about social issues. He engaged in civil rights activism in the ’60s, and volunteered with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America); he and other former volunteers later founded a small social service organization that published a newspaper that included photojournalism, Many Voices. Other collections of his work include The Blue Room, a body of images of discarded and abandoned houses in rural America. “I’m not a religious person, but I find abandoned houses more …

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