I’ve been a photographer, editor, and writer for more than 40 years. The photographs here were taken mostly within a decade-long period between the 1960s and 1970s (though a few stretch into the '80s). During that time—while living in New York City; Miami; Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Katonah, New York—I worked for several magazines and as a freelance. Some of the pictures here were taken for publications—LIFE magazine, LIFE’s special issue on Woodstock, National Geographic Traveler, Popular Photography, TIME, Esquire, the New York Times, McCalls, Show, Ramparts, Newsday, the Miami Herald, several inflights, and others—many simply for my own personal interest and satisfaction. My work has been exhibited at the Katonah Gallery in New York; the Celebrity Vault in Los Angeles; the Ghost Gallery in Seattle; the Steady Sounds gallery in Richmond, VA; the Franklin Park Arts Center, in Purcellville, VA; and the Cooley Gallery in Leesburg, Va.
The photographs in the following sections are small selections from much larger groups of images within each subject.
A broad selection of my work from this period—over 130 pictures including anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, hippies, rock stars and other celebrities, Woodstock, New York, etc.--is represented by the Granger Collection, a photo agency that contains millions of historical images. (Go to www.granger.com and type Richard Busch in the search box.) Granger sells the rights mostly to publications. My signed prints in various sizes—8x10, 11x14, etc—are available for purchase.
All photographs here were taken on conventional black-and-white film and printed on gelatin-silver paper in my studio darkroom, then converted to digital. I currently live in a converted 180-year-old barn on a former dairy farm in Leesburg,Va, about 40 miles west of the nation’s capital, with my wife, Olwen, four cats and a dog (all adopted). I still have a darkroom and do my own printing.