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Richard Rees was born in San Francisco, and lived in Japan between
the ages of five and eight-years old. Before moving to New York
City over 25years ago, he lived throughout the mid-West, mainly
in Illinois and Ohio.
Richard was a creative writing major at Bowling Green University,
and has had his poetry published in magazines such as Hanging Loose,
Babes in the Woods, Prairie Margins and Collision.
Although he still writes, his main creative focus over the past
20 years has been photography. Actually Richard has been taking
photographs since he was fifteen years old. A few years after his
move to New York, he became inspired by the extraordinary conglomeration
of visual images, particularly on derelict buildings, postered-over
walls, and graffitied surfaces. He's been developing a body of work
based on this subject matter since the early 1990s.
He has exhibited his photographs in Soho at the Artra Gallery and
the Multimedia Gallery, as well as at the Café Sha Sha, in
Greenwich Village, and in Mangez Avec Moi, a restaurant in lower
Manhattan. His work is in several private collections as well as
in the collection of New York University, and has appeared in juried
shows at the YM-YWHA of Bergen County, New Jersey.