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Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time

This retrospective exhibition features the work of Eugene Richards (American, b. 1944), one of the world’s most respected photographers. In the tradition of W. Eugene Smith and Robert Frank, Richards is devoted to socially committed photography that focuses on the diverse, often complex lives of Americans, as well as the ongoing struggles of the world’s poor.

Richards’s photographs speak to the most profound aspects of human experience: birth, family, mortality, economic inequality and the human cost of war are recurring themes. His style is unflinching yet poetic, his photographs deeply rooted in the texture of lived experience. In his wide range of photographs, writings, and videos he works to increasingly involve his audience in the lives of people in ways that are challenging, lyrical, melancholy, and often beautiful. Ultimately, Richards’s photographs illuminate aspects of humanity that might otherwise be overlooked.

Organized by the George Eastman Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Image: Eugene Richards (American, b. 1944). Back from prison, Shantytown, New York City, 1986. Gelatin silver print. Lender credit line TBD. © Eugene Richards