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'I can go places in the world, but the lessons you learn stay at home with you.' (The Dorchester Reporter)

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Eugene Richards (b.1944) is the one reportage photographer who, tellingly, is most intensely and consistently revered by other reportage photographers. On the basis of his Dorchester Days he became a member of Magnum Photos in 1978, but left in 1994 to work independently. His style has set the standard and the trend for leading photojournalists such as James Nachtwey and Gilles Peress. A former social worker, there is a political edge to his work, and his treatment of hard-hitting subject matter demonstrates a distinctive and compelling compositional style, combined with an extraordinary ability to get under the skin of his subjects. Accepted and trusted widely, he puts us in the front row of his subjects' fascinating lives.
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  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (October 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714840017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714840017
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Colen on December 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Eugene Richards is arguably America's greatest living social documentary photographer, and "Dorchester Days" is his photographic portrait of the blue collar Boston neighborhood in which he came of age.
Originally self-published and printed on a press intended for canning lables, this Phaidon reissue and update of this classic does real justice to Richard's stunning in-your-face documentary style. In addition to including all the original photos and text, this new addition includes photos Richards made of the racial strife in nearby South Boston in the 1970s, as well as additional text, most of it reproduced in Richard's handwriting.
Gene Richards is, sadly, one of a dwindling if-not-dying breed of documentary photographer, whose lives and work are dedicated to telling the stories of the voiceless. A former Vista volunteer and Civil Rights worker, Richards continues to expend his greatest photographic effort to doing good by doing art. And for that reason - even if he wasn't the W. Eugene Smith of our era - this multiple-time Magazine Photographer of the Year deserves the support of anyone seriously interested in photography, or in the lives of the people respectfully examined in his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Arnold on March 31, 2015
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I have to second B. D. Colen's excellent review. I have a special fondness for this book. I discovered it as a high school student a few years after it was published in 1978. It influenced my photographic seeing. I have one of the original 2,000 printings along with a personal letter from Richards. I also purchased this new edition. It contains photos not in the original book and expands on the text. The new images bring home the racial tensions in Boston at that time. If you are into documentary photography this is a must-have book.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cherry bomb on May 14, 2004
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Before studying photographs, I did not realize why he has been so highly evaluated, though I felt every his photograph is so strong. But now I really understand his unique vision attracts the viewer. I cannot believe this high quality book was originaly self-published book. His view to see the world is what has not seen. The photographs tell he had close relationships with the subject. So, it is not difficult for the viewer to relate them to the subject. I wish I were the camera he holds...
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