A native of Ohio and an Oregonian since 1976, I have been a writer, editor and educator during my adult career and a fine art photographer for nearly 30 years now. In 2007 I retired from my tenured position as instructor of journalism and photography at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, OR, but stayed on for another five years to coordinate exhibits in the college's art galleries on a part-time basis.
Through all that time I have found great joy in expressing myself through photography in a variety of forms, but primarily by pointing my camera backward, to the past. I am forever on a quest to find places on the verge of vanishing, particularly in the fringes of the Pacific Northwest, in hopes of capturing the beauty and melancholy of abandonment.
I use large-format film cameras, pinhole film cameras and digital cameras--whatever fits the project at hand--and I print in both the traditional platinum process and in contemporary archival pigment ink.
Since the late 1980s I have been exhibiting my work in numerous galleries, museums and art centers throughout the Northwest, from Spokane and Port Townsend to Portland and Eugene. I have mounted over 30 solo shows, and have been accepted in over 100 juried and invitational group exhibits in the region. Examples of my work can be seen at richbergeman.zenfolio.com, and published portfolios from several projects can be seen at richbergeman.zenfolio.com