Richard Maxwell


Travel Street and Black+White Photography

After practicing architecture for 45 years, Richard Maxwell now focuses on fine art photography, his life-long passion.

Life as an architect and the concomitant requirement for attention to detail significantly influences his photography.  Max’s unerring eye is evident in each image.  Max relishes sharing his vision with others who appreciate the art of seeing.

The philosophy that defines his work is a confluence of influences:  Albert Renger-Patzsch and his belief that excellence is achieved through “photographic-photography,” that is, in part, photographs free of artistic intervention; the f.64 Group and its tenet that photographic excellence is achieved through crisply delineated images with minimal manipulation beyond the reality of the venue; and, lastly, architecture “just” as an object with its surroundings form an essential element of architectural composition.

Max has journeyed from the “wet” darkroom to the “digital” darkroom and currently concentrates much of his effort on black and white photography, staying firmly within its rich tradition of tonal separation, grayscale tones and image balance, while also fully utilizing the advantages of today’s technology.

Max currently uses Nikon D800, Nikon F100, Fujifilm X100T, and Rolleiflex 2.8F cameras.  He uses Adobe and Topaz software and prints using an Epson Stylus Pro Printer.

Max has a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University as well as a Master of Architecture and Urban Design degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  Max is a retired US Marine.