About - Jim Riche

"Mod Mirage" signed copies available at www.modmirage.com

Mod Mirage

Exhibitions and Acknowledgments

2019 Jugular Magazine- Salton Sea Feature Article

2019 Palm Springs Museum Artists Council Show

2018 Dodho eMagazine feature on Patagonia

2018 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Bronze Winner "Salton Sea" Feature

2018 "Mod Mirage" released August 7, 2018

2018 Center for Fine Art Photography Juried show: B&W

2018 Photoplace Gallery, VT Juried show: B&W

2018 Dodho eMag-Feature article on "Salton Sea" series

2018 Amanda Smith Gallery "Director's Award" Vistas Show

2017 Amanda Smith Gallery Black & White Show

2017 Featured Photographer Blur Magazine #54

2017 Featured Photographer Adore Noir Magazine #36

2016 Palm Springs Art Museum Juried show: Best of Show

2016 CODA Gallery El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA Exhibition

2016 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris: Honorable Mention

2016 Photographer's Forum Annual Show: Finalist

2016 Texas Photographic Society: Juried show in San Antonio, TX Artists Council

2016 UCR “Artists Expressions”: Group Show

2016 Modernism Week show at North Shore Yacht Club Group Show

2016 Rebecca Fine Arts Group Show

2015 Monochrome Awards: Finalist 2 images

2015 Beverly Hills Art Show: 3rd Place in Photography

2015 IPA "Lucie Awards": Honorable Mention for 4 images

2015 New York Photography Festival "Last Picture Show": Finalist

2015 Photographer's Forum Annual Show: Finalist

2015 Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR "Mother Earth": juried show

2015 Published in Camerapixo "Fine Art" Urban Nature issue

2015 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris: 5 Honorable Mentions

2015 Gallery 446 Palm Springs: Group Show "Surreal Visions"

2015 Center for Fine Art Photography Ft Collins, CO: Juried Landscape Exhibition

2015 Atomic Ranch Magazine: Commissioned article on Rancho Mirage Architecture

2015 "Desert Modernist": Cover photograph and contributing photographer

2014 Palm Springs Art Museum: Juried show of Artists Council Members

2014 Desert Magazine: First Place Landscape, First Runner up Architecture

2014 Joshua Tree Art Gallery: Group Show

1975-1978 Eye Street Gallery Wash. DC: Multiple group shows

1974 Rochester Institute of Technology: Graduate Show

I look for nature’s beauty and the man-made beauty of an architect’s design to find light, shadow, texture, and a sense of balance. I concentrate on the composition and use the camera and light to create a new vision of the buildings and scenes I photograph. I look for design in the normally overlooked aspects of an object or setting. I focus in on the elements that make up a vast architectural structure, a deserted desert homestead or the beauty of nature’s design in landscapes.

I produce what my mind sees and still try to be true to an architect’s intent, whether the architect was man or Mother Nature. There is design in everything we see, and it is the eye that can find the right angle and composition to make the most of what is presented to us. I look around, I set the camera for a shot and then look behind me; I look up. There is always another way to look and find the next image. If I “see” it with my eyes I can create it, if I don’t “see” it, then the best camera and lens in the world can’t capture it.

I went to Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City where I studied design and picked up my first Nikon, a Nikkormat FTN. I also attended the prestigious Art Students League in New York during my last 2 years of High School. I started at Rochester Institute of Technology as a Design student. After taking Photographic Design class with Bee Nettles I found myself drawn to what I could do with the camera and black and white film and switched my major to Photographic Illustration. I graduated in 1974 on the Dean’s list with a BFA in Photography as a Fine Art.

Immediately upon graduation moved to Washington, DC and became a teaching assistant at the acclaimed Corcoran College of Art + Design working for the acclaimed photographic instructor Paul Kennedy. That led to a career in DC as a freelance commercial photographer. I was offered a job to be a Director of Photography on a clay animated feature film, from there it led to a career in the Animation and Visual effects business. Now I have left that business and returned to the photography I was trained for.

A passion for Architecture and Film Noir has led to a series of black and white images highlighting the architecture of Palm Springs and the many diverse structures around the world. A series on the Los Angeles downtown area has brought many awards and been featured in a number of exhibitions and published internationally I have finished a series of images from the Salton Sea which won the 2018 PX3 2018 Prix de la Photographie Paris Bronze Winner "Salton Sea". This is an amazing place that had such a rich history but has been abandoned to be absorbed back into nature. The series features what man has left behind in the California desert.

We have recently published a book called “Mod Mirage”, a history of mid-century architecture in Rancho Mirage. I have spent the majority of my career as a Visual Effects Producer, Executive Producer and VFX Supervisor on Films and TV. I have worked on films such as Tron, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Underworld, X-Men:First Class and Deadpool. I was one of the owners of the Animation studio Broadcast Arts where we did the first season of PeeWee's Playhouse.