Interview on the Leica Blog

I am excited to share my recent interview with Leica camera about my work and experience at the Maha Khumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. To read the entire interview, please look here.

Andy Richter is interviewed by Leica Camera.

Andy Richter is interviewed by Leica Camera.

Read more.. Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Maha Kumbh Mela chosen for American Photography 30

I am excited to announce that 3 of my images from the Maha Kumbh Mela were chosen for the American Photography 30.  To see all the winners, visit AI-AP.



Children practice asana at Centro de apoyo para la integration del nino Down, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 13, 2014.

Read more.. Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

A little known fact for gringos: in Mexico, they do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But we do! Here is the back page of this month’s Minnesota Monthly, featuring a couple of my photographs of mariachis at Maya on Central Avenue.


Read more.. Monday, May 5th, 2014

Plus + Plus + Plus at Benedictine University

Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, just opened a group exhibition featuring the recent donations and acquisitions to their permanent collection. One of my photographs from Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008, acquired last fall by curator Teresa Parker, is included in the show. Please take a look if you are in the area!

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Read more.. Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Caravan Magazine, “Echos from a River”

The Caravan, India’s “Journal of Politics and Culture” features an extended photo essay of my work with the Oro Win Tribe, created in the Brazilian Amazon in 2010. The 12-page spread reminds me of the photo magazines of yesterday…a true pleasure to see so much real estate dedicated to photography! To read the full story in The Caravan, click here.

Read more.. Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Childhood Obesity featured in Popoli Magazine-Italy

Childhood Obesity is as relevant today as when I initially photographed this work with Time Magazine in 2009. I am pleased that Popoli Magazine in Italy decided to publish these photographs again for their October issue. We live in an interesting time–when millions of human beings can be starving while simultaneously millions are over-consuming.

Read more.. Monday, October 7th, 2013

BKS Iyengar work featured in Namarupa

I recently had an opportunity to write a short article for Namarupa magazine to go alongside a series of my photographs. “Beauty, Knowledge, Silence” is about my recent encounter with influential yogi B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India. To see the article in detail, please visit my site and be sure to learn more about Namarupa and their wonderful work on India.

Read more.. Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Summer Solstice in Times Square

As a part of my ongoing exploration of yoga, I have been shooting extensively in India this year. From the traditions of yoga, I now turn a lens on modern life and yoga today here at home.

Times Square, long a symbol of capitalism, indulgence and vice, took on a very distinct tone for this year’s Summer Solstice. On the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, over 8,000 yogis came together to practice asana at this frenetic crossroads of modern life. The five classes, beginning at 7:30 in the morning and ending at 9 at night, stretched along large swaths of concrete all the way from 44th Street to 47th Street along Broadway. What began with just 3 yogis and an intention is now in it’s 11th year and growing. The day began with a wonderful meditation lead by 94-year-old yogi, Tao Porchon-Lynch and flowed on from there…

Read more.. Friday, June 28th, 2013

May Day Parade

I have generally been staying out of the elements during this extended Minnesota spring. However, one week ago the sun returned to the north country, warming us all, and Minneapolis took to the streets to welcome the change of seasons. The annual May Day Parade to Powderhorn Park found me in my element, shooting freely with the Black Label Bike Club and friends…here are a few of my favorites from the glorious day.

Read more.. Sunday, May 12th, 2013

That is Why I Go Deep, and That is Why I Enjoy It

Illuminated in the warm afternoon sun, the man responsible for sharing the light of yoga with probably more human beings than any other, radiantly sat before me. Entering his 95th year, B.K.S. Iyengar welcomed me in for a conversation at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, his yoga school in Pune, India, named in his late wife’s honor.

Guruji, as his students affectionately call him, listened briefly to my explanation for being there, this photographic exploration of yoga, and then launched into an articulate, studious and inspired lesson on yoga. He answered none of my questions and all of them. Quoting freely from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Guruji pointed out relevant passages, which I read aloud as the room slowly filled with students that gathered around me. It was a privilege to hear this brilliant man speak of the subject closest to his heart.

He commented on the Sutras with authority as I looked into his expressive eyes, explaining nuances of meaning. The essence of his message was that yoga is a progressive subject. First we must work with the concrete…and discipline the body and mind, through regular asana practice with awareness. “Asanas are to interpenetrate, not as physical exercise. Have I touched my mind? Have I touched my intelligence? Have I touched my ego? Have I touched my self? This is Sadhana”, he told me. “So that is why I go deep, and that is why I enjoy it”, he said with an assuring laugh. Then, and only then, will we be fit for the abstract, subtle work of yoga.

As our conversation progressed, he continued, “You know what yoga has given me, I can tell you. At the age of 95, I’m still a fresh mind. It’s not a nagging mind. It’s not a nagging body. That’s enough for me. And, whether emancipation comes from that is immaterial…So I want everybody to have that fresh mind, that fresh way of thinking, freshness in them, moment to moment. And that is life. And to experience that fresh life, the methodology is only yoga.”

Read more.. Friday, January 11th, 2013