About Richard Auger
ABOUT RICHARD AUGER. Richard Auger is best known as one of the most successful young artists in the Southern United States, with a fast rise on the art scene starting in 2011. Richard has been honored with over $42,000 in awards in only 3 years, competing against the best painters, sculptors, graphic artists, and craftsmen in the nation. Those awards include Best in Show at the Central Park Art Festival, Best in Show at the Boca Museum of Art Show, and Best in Photography for 2 years running at Walt Disney’s Festival of the Masters. Richard’s most famous collection of images, ‘Florida Noir’, is a series created entirely with black and white film with a goal to capture a quality image from each of the 67 counties of Florida. After a runaway success as an emerging artist at the 2010 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, selling out his entire booth before the last show day, Richard quit his office job to pursue fine-art photography as a full-time career at art festivals throughout Florida, as well as galleries. Richard currently has his studio in Orlando, Florida.
FLORIDA NOIR SERIES. There is something magical about the woodlands, swamps, and backroads of Florida; twisting trees over wood bridges, large birds and an abundance of wildlife; all with an almost haunted, mystical quality. Florida shares much of its landscape characteristics with other parts of the South and Gulf Coast states. While Florida has no glorious western-style mountain landscapes, my home state is nonetheless enchanting and loved by its residents, especially to those rare Florida natives like myself. For the next several years, I will be traveling around the state shooting its various parks, rivers, and coastlines to capture a photography and story from all 67 counties in Florida. In 2016, I am hoping to publish a book of the final results.
FILM PROCESS. I own an arsenal of vintage film cameras, with a focus on medium format rangefinders. Something profoundly spiritual has been lost in the soul of fine-art photography and photojournalism in the digital age, especially with regards to authenticity and craftsmanship. Photographers have found themselves defending whether or not photography is even an art any longer, and I have enjoyed not having to defend my work since switching to film. Film takes a thoughtful pre-visualization, as well as high investment, to create a final masterpiece. In 2010, after an 8 year absence from film, I returned to past technologies for these reasons, and have enjoyed the overwhelming response from the art community. But yes, I still shoot digital when the occasion calls. Check out my new ‘Technical Notes‘ page.