About Richard Margolis

The above video, produced by WXXI, is a great way to learn about Richard’s approach to photography.

Richard first encountered photography during a trip to Mexico in 1964, then attended 4 years of photography classes at Kent State University. He earned an MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology while working as a darkroom technician at the Eastman House and taking classes at Visual Studies Workshop. He taught for many years at SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College, helped revive The Neighborhood of the Arts, was one of the founders of ARTWalk and now serves as coordinator of around 40 artists who hold First Friday open houses in the Anderson Alley Arts building.

Over time Richard has been attracted to subjects that can be catalogued including public art, big trees, bridges, landmarks and Olmsted parks. His prints have grown from 16 x 20 inches to 24 x 30 inch prints, and most recently, diptychs and triptychs that are yet larger. His work is made in his studio darkroom, signed and produced in limited editions.

Richard believes in the print as an art object rather than as a ”picture”. He has recently revisited work made in 1981, called Actual Unretouched Photographs, to catalogue and exhibit it again. The collection is composed of layers of prints that were rephotographed. There are threads of this project in his recent work in which he rips the edges off of and “floats” the print in frames without a matte to hold them down. The diptychs and triptychs are yet another way to emphasize the paper and to break the standard rectangular frame. He has just begun rephotographing his prints in order to pursue the idea of layers and multiples further.

Richard is still excited to be working on new projects and intends to continue. His work has been in over 100 solo exhibitions, many more group shows, appears in countless publications and resides in over 500 private and public collections, including Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; International Museum of Photography/GEH, Rochester; Library of Congress, Washington; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

Richard Margolis In His Studio by Alexandra Genova
Photograph by A. Genova