RICHTER--Steven, photographer and beloved Road Food Warrior of Insatiable Critic.com
, died Wednesday night in his sleep at home after a brief illness. He was 74. Quiet, thoughtful, a tireless traveling companion, Richter was born in the Bronx, graduated from Cooper Union, and spent half his life in Aspen, Colorado, fighting fires in Alaska, crisscrossing the country by motorcycle, designing and constructing kitchens, ultimately rising through the ranks from preparator and graphic designer to creative director at the Aspen Art Museum. A street photographer with a unique sense of beauty and a modestly sardonic eye, he was honored with a retrospective by the Aspen Institute in 2004. His "Invisible Neighbors: Portrait of the Homebound," won an Art Matters award from Eastman Kodak in 1994. In 2000, Steven discovered the Iris Color Print process at the Laumont Gallery and began a collaboration with their technicians to print his work on watercolor paper. In reviewing "Detours" at the Laumont Gallery, Grace Gleuck observed in the Times: "a snowy day in Venice where the city takes on the quality of a Japanese print." His photographs from two decades of travel abroad appeared in Travel & Leisure, New York, Penthouse and other magazines, and in many design projects by the architect David Rockwell, including giant blowups at Steven Hanson's two Ruby Foos. Beloved companion of Gael Greene, father to Nico Ruderman, he leaves a sister and cousin Mitch. Memorial contributions may be made to Citymeals.org
Published by New York Times on Aug. 17, 2012.