Issue No. 102
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In a career spanning more than four decades, Eugene Richards has distinguished himself as one of the preeminent documentary photographers of his generation. In 16 published books and numerous photo-essays featured in such noted publications as Life, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, TIME and National Geographic, Richards has chronicled the individual lives of everyday Americans with a deeply felt humanism and signature photographic style that is unique in the intimacy and intensity of its imagery.
It’s hard enough to develop and maintain an original photographic vision, even in the most favorable circumstances. Imagine trying to do so in the face of the Nazi occupation of your country, enduring the subsequent hardships and horrors of WWII, coping with persistent poverty in the postwar era and, worst of all, undergoing exile from the homeland that nurtured your creativity and finding yourself a stranger in a strange land, one that greets your talent with indifference.
It’s all in the mind
Driving the night rain like nails
Into the clouded desert
Frozen with fear at the night wind
If the lightning strikes I am dead
If it doesn’t I will not live.