Richard Koci Hernandez Bay Area
“Why do you want to make these pictures?…Because I’m alive.” -Robert Frank
Richard “Koci” Hernandez is a national Emmy® award-winning video and multimedia producer who worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work for the Mercury News has earned him two Pulitzer Prize nominations and was awarded a national Emmy® award for the New Approaches to Documentary category. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Wired Magazine and international magazines.
For me, painting with light is about change and acceptance. My daily struggle is learning to embrace the now, to find a clear, quiet signal amidst the noise. Photography allows me a brief instant of the here and now, distilled to the humanity of the moment, presented to the viewer in shades of grey. Photography is my memory, a constant reminder to allow events, people and the circumstance of the moment to influence and change me. In the end, it’s the final artifact that matters, not the tool.