Doug Rickard

“I was interested in photographing America in the same context, with the same poetry and power, that has been done in the past.”(Doug Rickard)    It’s sad but true that if you want to find the poorest area in any American city, look for the name Martin Luther King. The title of MLK boulevard, street or square is almost a guarantee that you are in the most deprived, crime-ridden part of town. “I use MLK to find the worst, most broken aspects of society,” says Rickard, “and he is this great beacon of hope and a hero for many Americans. There’s some kind of irony there, I felt sad about it.” By Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times, December 2011

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