Richard Koci Hernandez Bay Area

“Why do you want to make these pictures?…Because I’m alive.” -Robert Frank

Bio (traditional)
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.

Artist Statement:
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.