Artist StatementPhotography has been an interest of mine for over thirty years. It has only been in the last ten years, that it has turned into an obsession. The transformation came when I finally realized what I wanted out of photography and photography decided what it wanted out of me. Photography requires a partnership to be effective. A bond must develop between the photographer and the viewer. Without this partnership what purpose does the exercise of taking photographs serve? My goal is not to make a social statement or to document life's dramas but, rather, to permit the viewer to look at his world in a new way. My images are created with design in mind rather than any specific topic. When I am on a "shooting expedition", I am drawn to scenes that will lend themselves to a strong graphic image. I want the viewer to ask "What am I looking at?", "Where was this taken?", "Have I seen this place before?". My goal is to make my photographic partner rethink his surroundings and see things that he could not visualize before.
Richard Caplan is a native of Baltimore who has been developing his unique photographic design for over the past thirty years. He has completed course work at both the Maryland Institute College of Art and the renowned Maine Photographic Workshop. Mr. Caplan has received a number of awards including First Prize in the Baltimore Sun photography contest for "Black and White Abstract" the Special Merit Award in the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot competition and First Prize in the International Library of Photography competition. Along with numerous gallery showings, including Hoffburger Gallery Baltimore, MD; Harbor Court Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Tuttle Gallery, McDonogh, MD; Federal Reserve Bank Gallery, Baltimore, MD and Graphix gallery, New Hope, PA; Mr. Caplan's work has been purchased by the Johns Hopkins University for inclusion in it's photography collection.