What a nice surprise to open up the NY Times Lens blog and see that one of my favorite contemporary photojournalists, Eugene Richards, has won a grant from Getty Images to expand his project entitled ” War is Personal”. In this work he photographs with vivid imagery; war veterans after returning home and suffering from post traumatic stress. 

I found by mistake a Eugene Richards book in Scholes Library one day, and was truly impressed by the power of the mans images. He is widely known for his many great books filled with powerful black and white photographs. He spends extended periods of time with his subjects, photographing them with a shorter lens and getting up close. Many of his books are in Scholes Library, my favorite of which is his series called Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue. Its a horrifying look at life in New York and Philadelphia’s slums and impoverished communities, but it is an incredibly powerful book.