Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time at International Center of Photography (ICP), September 27, 2018 – January 6, 2019

The International Center of Photography (ICP) presents its fall exhibition, Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time. This exhibition is the first museum retrospective devoted to Richards’s nearly 50-year career. 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.” — ICP

“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 Richards

Eugene Richards, Reverend and Mrs. Landers, Hughes, Arkansas, 1969. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards, Doll’s head, Hughes, Arkansas, 1970. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards, U.S. Marine, Hughes, Arkansas, 1970. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards, Wonder Bread, Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1975. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards, Still House Hollow, Tennessee, 1986. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards, Back from prison, Shantytown, New York City, 1986. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards, Grandmother, Brooklyn, New York, 1993. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards, PTSD, McHenry, Illinois, 2014. Chromogenic print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards

“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 has essays by co-curators Lisa Hostetler and April Watson. Images courtesy International Center of Photography.

Images courtesy International Center of Photography.