Travels in Jalisco with UNICEF

I was recently commissioned by UNICEF to photograph throughout the Mexican state of Jalisco for a report documenting the lives of children in the region. We visited a number of rural and urban sites, though most memorable was the journey to the far north to visit the Wixárika people in the mountainous village of Santa Catarina. Also known as the Huichol, the Wixárika are an indigenous group with a rich spiritual life and mythological cosmology incorporating the use of peyote, long peregrinations, and ancient rituals. The children are vibrant, joyous, curious and full of life…as children are. To me, it felt like a wonderful place to be young and grow.

UNICEF field trip to visit the Wixarica, Nuevo Colonia, Santa Catarina, Jalisco, Mexico, October 16, 2014.
UNICEF field trip to visit the Wixarica, Nuevo Colonia, Santa Catarina, Jalisco, Mexico, October 15, 2014.
UNICEF field trip in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, October 18, 2014.UNICEF field trip to visit the Wixarica, Nuevo Colonia, Santa Catarina, Jalisco, Mexico, October 15, 2014.
UNICEF field trip to visit the Wixarica, Nuevo Colonia, Santa Catarina, Jalisco, Mexico, October 16, 2014.UNICEF field trip to visit the Wixarica, Nuevo Colonia, Santa Catarina, Jalisco, Mexico, October 15, 2014.
UNICEF field trip in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, October 18, 2014.
UNICEF field trip to visit the Wixarica, Nuevo Colonia, Santa Catarina, Jalisco, Mexico, October 16, 2014.

Read more.. Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

On assignment with Al Jazeera

I was recently assigned to work on a story, “The Standing Rock Sioux fight to get their children back” written by Laura Rena Murray, about the the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the way the act plays out in the lives of contemporary Native Americans. I am grateful to Lexi Tiyona and her grandchildren for allowing me into their home and life. The narrative raises many questions and shines light on a complex world, that I personally struggle to resolve in clear cut way. Where is the line between individual and familial rights, the state, and what is best for children? Please read the story here.

Alexis Tiyona with her grandchildren, baby Charlie Rue (3 mo.)  and Felizcia (7) at home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, October 21, 2014.Alexis Tiyona helps granddaughter Felizcia with her church studies while Nakei (3, at left) watches with baby Charlie Rue at home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, October 21, 2014.Lexi Tiyona and her granddaughter Charlie Rue (3 months) in the car Sioux Falls, South Dakota, October 21, 2014.

Read more.. Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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.

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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.

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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