Richard Margolis is an art and architectural photographer with a studio on the 4th floor of a former shoe factory in Rochester, New York. In addition to commercial photography, he has always had a strong interest in making prints for exhibition. Mr. Margolis has taught photography for ten years and has had over one-hundred shows. He is, perhaps, best known for his landscape and architectural images. His prints are in museums and private collections in the United States and Europe.
Mr. Margolis first learned photography in the journalism school of Kent State University. He then enrolled in the Rochester Institute of Technology, for a Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography.
Richard Margolis’ most recent project, “Family Gatherings” is a work in progress. The dining room studies are intimate, hand printed portraits, shedding light on traditions and triggering shared memories. Images of food and family are not present, because, as Mr. Margolis says, “I’m an architectural photographer. His photographs are black and white, “inviting more involvement or interpretation than color.” To include people and food would be a different type of picture.” There are about 80 images in this collection. In addition to the Seder portraits, the project includes studies of Thanksgiving, Easter, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Christmas tables.