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Richard Gordon Richard Gordon, photographer, died at his home in Berkeley, California on October 6, 2012 of pancreatic cancer. At his bedside were his wife, Meredith Miller, his son, Jesse Miller-Gordon and his sister, Rose Ann Cope. Richard was 67 years old.
Born on July 6, 1945 in Chicago, Richard graduated from Von Steuben High School and received his degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He remained a life long White Sox fan.
Richard was a wry observer with a rare ability to see life with an open appreciation. He was a flaneur, street photographer, essayist, teacher, photo critic and master black and white printer. He had the rare skill to be able to write with insightful understanding and candor about photography. From his darkroom, he made his own prints and books on his own terms. During the last month of his life he could be seen, with his ever-present Leica, walking the avenues of New York photographing.
For him, friendship was a form of conceptual art and his friendships endured throughout his life. We will all miss his humor, his intelligent insight, his stories with tangents galore, his amazing knowledge of history and politics but above all the quirky loving care and devotion he showed Meredith and Jesse and all his family. How we will miss that.
From his Chimaera Press Richard published books and portfolios including Metaphotographs, One More for the Road (a remembrance of his friendship with Kenny Rader), American Surveillance, Jesse Reads a Book and Notes From the Field. His work is in many collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library and Corcoran Gallery of American Art. He is represented by Gitterman Gallery in New York.
A celebration of Richard's life was held at his home in Berkeley and at Gitterman Gallery in New York in October.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2012
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