From The Blue Room, © Eugene Richards
Lecture/Book Signing: Eugene Richards
Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 7:00pm
Boston University Photonics Building, room 206
8 St. Mary’s Street
$10 Members/$20 Non-Members/$5 Full-time Students/Free for students of Institutional Members.
This Thursday, internationally renowned social-documentary photographer Eugene Richards is visiting the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University for a lecture and discussion of his new book The Blue Room.
This is the first color project by Eugune Richards, and the book depicts his moving and highly personal work on the abandoned and forgotten houses of the American West in areas such as Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and the Dakotas. Richards’ reflective and beautiful photographs inspire us to imagine the lives of the former occupants, and mysterious images such as snow falling on a bed by an open window make a quiet statement on the inevitability of the circle of life and death, and the vulnerability of man in the phase of a shifting economy and climate.
Richards is perhaps best known for his books and photo essays on cancer, drug addiction, poverty, emergency medicine, and pediatric HIV, many of which have been accredited with prestigious awards. Some of his most recent publications include Stepping Through the Ashes (2002), The Fat Baby (2004) and A Procession of Them (2008). His book Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue, Aperture (1994), a groundbreaking document on the consequences of hardcore drug use, received the Kraszna-Krausz Award for Photographic Innovation in Books.
During his professional carrier as a photographer, Eugene Richards has received numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment of the Arts Grant, and the W. Eugene Smith Award. His photography has appeared in countless publications including The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, and LIFE. His work has also been featured several times in Aperture, most recently in the Spring 2005 issue.