Ric currently lives in Kigali, Rwanda.
City University of New York, January 1989 - Bachelors of Arts Degree, Communications - Media Studies
He studied painting before switching to photography because of a need to document his awareness of our shared humanity.
Experience has taught him that people are the same everywhere: we have similar fears, cry similar tears, celebrate loved ones and friends, encounter the sufferings of sickness and old age, and eventually mourn our dead. Such are the universality of issues which bond us as a world community.
At the start of his career he was a participate in the Eddie Adams Workshop IV (1991). After years spent working as a staff news photographer (The Bergen Record, Hackensack, New Jersey, The Times Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, and The Associated Press, Los Angeles, California) he quit The Associated Press, in January 2009, and moved to Lima, Peru, to focus on documentary work in South America. He subsequently moved to Nairobi, Kenya in May 2012 and then to Kampala, Uganda in May 2014. He's currently based in Kigali, Rwanda.
Ric is committed to creating a visual journal that speaks of the resilience, normalcy, estrangement and injustice that characterizes the lives of marginalized communities, as he collects evidence of our shared humanity. His photographs are an expression of awareness - a highlight of the evidence he has gathered.
- Breaking news
Amazon River Ferry
Bagua province (north Amazon), Peru - Gilmer Ugkaju Intakea Edad, 20, bottom, an Awajun, ferries passengers across the Chiriaco river.
African-American inmates talk to clergy and community activists about clashes with Latinos at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca invited clergy to the facility to help mediate the racial conflict.