Art is life ....

The canvas of life, the act of simply being human, the art of living inspires me and fuels my passion for capturing the spirit of the times in a social, cultural, political and historical context.

Cosette Richard 


Cosette Richard is a freelance photojournalist and Getty Images contributor who specializes in documentary, street and socio-political photography. Cosette Richard began her journey into photography as a research scholar documenting post Katrina New Orleans art, culture, lifestyle and entertainment. Her work has been presented as a call for art, featured exhibitions, curated exhibitions, a standing exhibition, published in the book, "The Way I See It ... photographers who capture the soul of New Orleans" and published in New Orleans tourism literature. Cosette Richard has been featured in the New Orleans Advocate, Where Y'At Magazine and has appeared on the WBOK Radio Broadcast Real Talk for Real Times as a human rights activist, artist and photojournalist.

Cosette Richard  Photography was featured in numerous art exhibitions and art festivals during New Orleans historic 300th birthday in 2018 including, "New Orleans Beyond Tomorrow: Community, Culture, Commerce", "Maafa: Creativity, Faith, Tradition and Resilience" and The Rent Is Too Damn High". 



"photographs by Cosette Richard, whose composition and restraint recall the Harlem Renaissance portraiture and street photography of James Van Der Zee"

The New Orleans Advocate

April 17, 2018


United States of Emergency

We The People


The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer. 
Gordon Parks

Despite the variety of my explorations, throughout it all it has been my contention that my responsibility as an artist is to work, to sing for my supper, to make art, beautiful and powerful, that adds and reveals; to beautify the mess of a messy world, to heal the sick and feed the helpless; to shout bravely from the rooftops and storm barricaded doors and voice the specifics of our historic moment. 

Carrie Mae Weems   

Observe the life moving like a river around you and realize that the images you make become part of the collective history of the time that you are living in. 

Eli Reed

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.   

Robert Frank                





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