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Photojournalist Eugene Richards to visit WKU for presentation Dec. 9

Eugene Richards

WKU’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting will host documentary filmmaker and photojournalist Eugene Richards for a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium.

After his lecture, Richards will sign copies of his new book War is Personal, a collection of 15 stories about the impact of the war in Iraq. The event is free and open to the public.

About Eugene Richards: Born in Dorchester, Mass., Richards earned a degree in English and journalism before studying photography with Minor White. In 1968, after protesting the war in Vietnam, he joined VISTA and was assigned to eastern Arkansas, where he helped found a social service organization and a community newspaper that reported on black political action and the Ku Klux Klan. Richards’s first publication was Few Comforts or Surprises: The Arkansas Delta (1973), followed by Dorchester Days (1978), a portrait of the inner-city neighborhood where he was raised.

His other books include Exploding Into Life (1986), which chronicles his first wife’s struggle with breast cancer; Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue (1994), a study of the impact of hardcore drugs on American cities; The Fat Baby (2004), a collection of 15 textual and photographic essays; The Blue Room, his study in color of abandoned houses in rural America; and A Procession of Them, which confronts the plight of the institutionalized mentally disabled.

Among numerous honors, Richards has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award, the National Geographic Magazine Grant for Photography, the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography, and, most recently, the Amnesty International Media Award. His film, But, the day came, which chronicles the passage of an elderly Nebraska farmer to a nursing home, received the Best Short Film award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Contact: Jeanie Adams-Smith, (270) 745-6301 or jeanie.adams-smith@wku.edu

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