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

Cosette Richard 


I grew up in historic Treme one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the United States. During my childhood, Treme was a vibrant hub of visual, performance and cultural arts. As a crowned queen, a majorette, a float rider and a mother, my roots are steeped in New Orleans pageantry, Mardi Gras, Carnival and parade culture. My journey into photography began as a research scholar in academia documenting home post Katrina New Orleans parading culture, art, lifestyle and entertainment.

My photography has since gone on to be featured as a call for art, featured exhibitions, standing exhibitions, curated exhibitions, published in the book, "The Way I See It ... photographers who capture the soul of New Orleans" and published in tourism literature. During New Orleans historic tricentennial year in 2018, my photography was featured in art festivals and art exhibitions to commemorate New Orleans 300th birthday. It was an honor to be among New Orleans artists and documentarians commemorating such a historic occasion and New Orleans next chapter. History was made. 


I’ve worked on many different types of projects. Each project has expanded my experience, added to my portfolio and afforded me new opportunities. As a freelance photojournalist and Getty Images contributor, I’m always searching for more opportunities to explore further, continue growing, expand my skill set and collaborate with other artists. 


"Photographs by Cosette Richard, composition and restraint recall the Harlem Renaissance portraiture and street photography of James Van Der Zee."
New Orleans Advocate 2018
"Cosette Richard, a New Orleans-based professional documentary photographer and videographer whose “Secondline Babies” collection was displayed at the New Orleans Beyond Tomorrow: Community, Culture, Commerce exhibition, held at Ashé Power House Theatre. "
Where Y'At Magazine 2018


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