My inspiration is the spirit of humanity, the art of living, how people engage, respond and interact in different environments and socioeconomic conditions. These factors fuel my passion for capturing social, cultural, political and historical events that convey the spirit of the times.
"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 via Nola.com
April 17, 2018
The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.
Carrie Mae Weems
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.
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.
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