The International Center of Photography (ICP) presents the exhibition, Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time. This exhibition, the first museum retrospective devoted to Richards’s nearly 50-year career, is on view at the ICP Museum (250 Bowery) from September 27, 2018 through January 6, 2019.
Composed of over 140 photographs and short films—all created in Richards’s unflinching yet poetic style—the show is organized thematically, rather than by project, offering an in-depth look at the recurring subject matter of his career. Focusing on birth, death, poverty, prejudice, war, and terrorism, Richards illuminates aspects of American society that are more easily, or more comfortably, ignored. The show confronts difficult subjects with an impassioned honesty that can be challenging, lyrical, beautiful, and melancholy.
His work is informed by the subjective approach of Robert Frank and the social commitment of W. Eugene Smith. According to Richards, “The responsibility of the photographer is to respect people while—most importantly—using your skills to reveal something true about their lives and their humanity.”
“Eugene is the real deal, a true photojournalist who has spent his whole life documenting issues that don’t often get the attention they should,” says Mark Lubell, Executive Director of ICP. “We couldn’t be happier to present Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time and to provide a platform for Eugene and his powerful work in his hometown of New York City.”
Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time was organized by the George Eastman Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The accompanying catalogue, with essays by co-curators Lisa Hostetler and April Watson, is published by the Hall Family Foundation in association with the Nelson-Atkins and the Eastman Museum, and is distributed by Yale University Press.
ICP’s presentation of Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Eugene Richards – The Run-On of Time
September 27, 2018–January 6, 2019
International Center of Photography
New York, NY 10012