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Coolered West Artist Meet & Greet w/ Jan Richter - Music by Elisha Mann

Jan Richter, a native of Prague, is an old fashioned guy.

He likes old cars and old buildings, things that have character and a story.

He also likes old cameras: he shoots on a Minolta and a Pentax from the 1980s, and sometimes buys expired film. It's cheap and it also has a grain that he enjoys.

He only shoots photographs, though, when he is in the United States: The open landscape inspires him in a way that the historic churches and buildings of Europe do not.

Richter's fascination with the American West started when he was young, courtesy of the classic American export: pop culture. His father listened to Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie, and watched Hollywood Westerns.

Despite his fascination with the openness of the West he is not a landscape photographer.

He has more ground level interests. He likes shooting old railroad tracks and seedy bars, grain elevators and old signs.

When it comes to shooting portraits, he favors truck drivers and people he meets on the street. He also shoots portraits of friends he's made here, carefully blurred to suggest a night that's gone on too long.

Richter is self taught to a degree: his father is a photographer and taught him to develop film in a home darkroom when he was growing up.

Earlier Event: October 11
Rhapsody A Cappella
Later Event: October 19
Open Mic