My journey into photography began as a college student and research scholar. Documentary and street photography were my chosen genres when I returned home to New Orleans to document the road to recovery post Hurricane Katrina. The focus of my fieldwork was documenting the rebirth, restoration and preservation of cultural parading traditions. My body of work now consist of different photography genres and has been presented as featured exhibitions, curated exhibitions, standing exhibitions and published in the book, "The Way I See It ... photographers who capture the soul of New Orleans".


In 2018, during New Orleans historic 300th birthday, I was a featured artist in three art exhibitions and two art festivals to commemorate the citys' tricentennial year including Ashe' Powerhouse Theaters' collaboration with PhotoNOLA Annual Festival of Photography for the art exhibition titled "New Orleans Beyond Tomorrow: Community, Culture, Commerce", New Orleans annual Maafa commemoration at Ashe' Cultural Arts Center in the art exhibition titled "Maafa: Creativity, Faith, Tradition and Resilience" and The Rent Is Too Damn High which was featured in The New Orleans Advocate newspaper on April 17, 2018 in the article titled, "On New Orleans 300th birthday art weighs the damn high cost of being black and creative" . The journalist likened my photography to the work of James Van Der Zee a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance . Getty Images invited me to become a contributing photojournalist in 2018.  

United States of Emergency and Everyday People are my current projects. 

Cosette Richard