In 2013, I was invited to Pune, India, by B.K.S. Iyengar to photograph his daily practice. To be fair, I had persistently requested this opportunity for a year or more, and was denied. Yet after another attempt, one cold morning I awoke in Minneapolis, checked my email and learned that I had been granted the permission that I longed for. Within a month or so, I was at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute–a living yoga master before me at the age of 94, practicing yoga asana. I wrote about my experience here and more extensively in Namarupa Magazine. On August 20th, 2014, this great man and yogi passed on. In the current issue of Yoga Samachar Magazine B.K.S Iyengar is remembered by his students and those dear to him. The 3 pages below feature some of the work from my days with him.
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.
It has been a busy few months and I intend to post some of the new work over the coming weeks. Let’s begin with a couple recent trips to Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin for the Trust for Public Land. The TPL “creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.”
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.
There are now 3 new Andy Richter Photography promos out in the world, keep your eyes peeled in the coming days! One may be heading your way. And if you can’t wait…check out this preview…
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.