Growing up in Harlem, New York, and listening as concerned adults complained of how the media negatively portrayed minority communities, helped Ric understand how who we are can shape how we see. Thus he learned how to view people from the perspective of always acknowledging their humanity.
Ric understands that human-beings are the same everywhere: we have similar fears, cry similar tears, celebrate loved ones and friends, encounter the sufferings of sickness and old age, and eventually mourn our dead; such are the universality of issues which bond us as a world community.
An awareness of people and circumstances has taught Ric to be mindful of the joys and pains of others. He uses a camera to collect evidence of sunshine and rain. From the personal to the political he documents his awareness of stories that have been shared with him. His photographs are an expression of that awareness - a highlight of the evidence he has gathered.
Ric has worked as a staff photojournalist with The Associated Press, in Los Angeles, California, The Times-Picayune (which submitted two of his projects for Pulitzer Prizes in feature photography) in New Orleans, Louisiana and The Bergen Record, in Hackensack, New Jersey. After voluntarily leaving The AP, in Jan. 2009, he immediately moved to Lima, Peru as an independent photojournalist. Currently Ric is based in Nairobi, Kenya.