The Blue Room
By (photographer) Eugene Richards
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Blue Room by Eugene Richards
Book DescriptionEugene Richards is one of America's greatest living social documentary photographers. His intense vision and unswerving commitment to documenting the plight of the disadvantaged has produced powerful work on topics such as drug addiction, poverty, the mentally disabled, ageing and the personal consequences of war. The Blue Room is his first colour project, a moving, highly personal project that brings together the themes that encompass all of Richards' work - what he describes as the 'transient nature of things'. The photographs are portraits of the abandoned and forgotten houses of western America in areas such as the plains of Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and the Dakotas. In the early twentieth century, railroads lured settlers west with the promises of homesteads and towns rose across the plains. But in the wake of the Depression and the dust storms of the 1930s the towns faltered then failed. Richards enigmatic photographs of these forgotten homes are a meditation on memory and loss - family photographs stuck on a wall, a wedding dress hanging in a bedroom, snow falling on a bed by an open window, a wild horse standing at an open kitchen window. Richards' contemplative, beautiful photographs inspire us to imagine the lives of the former occupants, and make a quiet statement on the inevitability of the circle of life and death, and the vulnerability of man in the face of shifting economic opportunities and the climate.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714848327
(275mm x 400mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eugene Richards
Procession of Them, Hardback (September 2008)
In some countries, they call them the 'abandonados', the abandoned ones. They're the mentally ill and mentally disabled patients being warehoused in psychiatric asylums that are more run-down, more uncaring than the most brutal American prisons. This work contains images that reveal the inhumane treatment suffered by the mentally disabled.
Stepping Through the Ashes, Hardback (September 2002)
Many photographers have recorded the devastation of September 11, but Eugene Richards transcends description to offer instead a way of beginning to come to terms with this tragedy. He says, "the fenced-in sight of the World Trade Center has been largely dealt with as a crime scene, as a 'marvel' of
Dorchester Days, Hardback (November 2000)View all books by Eugene Richards
A photographic portrait of small town America in the 1970s.
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Author Biography - Eugene Richards
Eugene Richards is best known for his books and photo essays on cancer, drug addiction, poverty, emergency medicine and paediatric HIV. His intense vision and unswerving commitment have led him to become arguably America's greatest living social documentary photographer.
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