Born in New York City. Currently based in Kigali, Rwanda.
City University of New York, January 1989 - Bachelor of Arts Degree, Communications - Media Studies
He studied painting before switching to photography because of a need to realistically document his awareness of our shared humanity.
Experience has taught him that people are the same everywhere: we have similar fears, cry similar tears, celebrate loved ones and friends, encounter the sufferings of sickness and old age, and eventually mourn our dead. Such are the universality of issues which bond us as a world community.
He began his career as an esteemed member of the Eddie Adams Workshop IV in 1991. After years spent working as a staff news photographer (The Bergen Record, Hackensack, New Jersey, The Times Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, and The Associated Press, Los Angeles, California) he quit The Associated Press, in January 2009, and moved to Lima, Peru, to focus on documentary work in South America. He subsequently moved to Nairobi, Kenya (May 2012), Kampala, Uganda (May 2014) and Kigali, Rwanda (June 2015).
Ric is committed to creating a visual journal that speaks of the resilience, normalcy, estrangement and injustice that characterizes the lives of marginalized communities, as he collects evidence of our shared humanity. His photographs are an expression of awareness - a highlight of the evidence he has gathered.