Friday, March 8, 2013

"Rajasthani Eyes" :: Ric Ergenbright

"Rajasthani Eyes" - Ric Ergenbright

Scouting the Pushkar Camel Fair in 1976, I was among the first Westerners to photograph this now famous event in Rajasthan, India. Being the “circus come to town,” I knew that capturing any candid portraits would be impossible, but it also created a fun “cat and mouse” dynamic with many of the veiled women that resulted in some wonderful relational moments such as this.

Ric Ergenbright's photographic career has spanned nearly four decades and taken him to many of the earth's most exotic and remote locales. One national and two regional TV shows have been produced about Ric's work, and an exhibit of his images from pre-war Afghanistan toured the U.S. Senate in 1986.

He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Nature's Best Photography Award, Pictures of the Year Award, and Lowell Thomas Award, and is one of the few contemporary photographers represented in the book and exhibit, Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic. His best-selling book, The Art of God: The Heavens & The Earth, won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for the best Christian gift book of 2000, and is now in its sixth printing. Its sequel, The Image of God: The Glory of Man, was the 2005 runner-up, and his 2003 title, Think About These Things, also won the Gold. Ric is currently working on a major new title, Creation's Hope, for 2012 release.

As owner and president of Thru The Lens Tours, Ric was an early pioneer in photo travel workshops, and also founded one of the country's first specialty stock photo agencies.

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