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Eugene Richards

American, b. 1944

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Eugene Richards

American, b. 1944

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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 spiritual than churches,” he has said. “When you’re inside, all you can hear is the wind blowing.” Richards produced a photo essay on the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in 2013, among other recent projects.

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Biography

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 spiritual than churches,” he has said. “When you’re inside, all you can hear is the wind blowing.” Richards produced a photo essay on the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in 2013, among other recent projects.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
International Center of Photography (ICP)
Group
Group show at a major institution
Museo Reina Sofia, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more