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Richard Sexton (1954-)

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  • Richard Sexton (American/New Orleans, b. 1954)

  • Richard Sexton (American/New Orleans, b. 1954)


Richard Sexton Biography

RICHARD SEXTON Born 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia Studio based in New Orleans, Lousiana Residences in Walton County, Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana

Richard Sexton began photographing while he was an undergraduate student at Emory University and is predominantly self-taught as a photographer. He was an early member of the Nexus Gallery in Atlanta, a cooperative photography gallery, which began in the 1970s and has since become a pillar of the Atlanta arts community. After he graduated from Emory in 1975, he attended the San Francisco Art Institute in 1977 and 1978.

In the late 1970s Sexton became disillusioned with his art school experience and decided to discontinue his pursuit of a graduate degree in photography. He began working as a darkroom technician in photographic labs. In 1980, with marginal prior experience, he began a commercial photographic career in San Francisco and chose to specialize in the photography of architecture-a subject that had always interested him. Over time, he came to work for some of the leading architecture/design firms in the Bay Area and his work was published in many local and national architecture and design magazines. One of his first major commissions was to photograph the "Presence of the Past" exhibit of the 1980 Venice Biennale which traveled to San Francisco in 1982. This was regarded as the seminal exhibit of postmodern architecture in the United States.

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