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Richards, Eugene (1944)

As he was studying in the classes of photographer Minor White at the MIT, Eugene Richards was invited by the American government to join Vista (Volunteers in Service to America) in order to help people improve their lives in impoverished environments. He accepted and was sent to Arkansas to work as a health care advocate and immersed himself in the local culture where he discovered the strength of racism. He thus decided to mingle with the black population and one morning woke up beaten and suffering near total amnesia. Surely did this personal experience fuel his intense vision and commitment to documenting the plight of the deprived should they be handling with poverty, drug addiction, health issues or the consequences of war. He depicts harsh narratives with a powerful sense of reality and kindness, inviting viewers to go deeper in the understanding of the subjects and thus making it hard to look away even when he beautifully photographs his wife, Dorothea Lynch’s battle against cancer.
 

Tags / Eugene Richards - American Photographer - Social Documentary - 1980s - War - Poverty
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, Child and Mother with AIDS, from series The Fat Baby, Safo, Niger, 1997
Eugene Richards, Child and Mother with AIDS, from series The Fat Baby, Safo, Niger, 1997
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, Early Sunday Morning
Eugene Richards, Early Sunday Morning
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series American We
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, From the series Few Comforts or Surprises
Eugene Richards, José Pequeño,  Massachusetts, March 2008
Eugene Richards, José Pequeño, Massachusetts, March 2008
Eugene Richards, Ruthless, North Philadelphia, 1990
Eugene Richards, Ruthless, North Philadelphia, 1990
Eugene Richards, Stabbed, checked for blood... his belly
Eugene Richards, Stabbed, checked for blood... his belly
Eugene Richards, The Rush of a Saturday Night
Eugene Richards, The Rush of a Saturday Night
Eugene Richards, U.S. Special Forces adviser instructs soldiers in use of M-203 grenade launcher, Ilopango
Eugene Richards, U.S. Special Forces adviser instructs soldiers in use of M-203 grenade launcher, Ilopango
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
Eugene Richards, From the series Cocain True Cocain Blue
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