Born in 1944 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Eugene Richards studied photography with Minor White after completing a degree in English and Journalism. Following a five-year stint as a social worker and reporter in eastern Arkansas, he published his first book, Few Comforts or Surprises: The Arkansas Delta, in 1973. Since then he has worked as a freelance editorial photographer for such publications as Life and The New York Times Magazine. In 1981, he became a full member of the photographers' cooperative Magnum. Richards's subsequent books include Dorchester Days (1978, republished by Phaidon in 2000), a portrait of the Boston neighborhood where he was born; Exploding Into Life (1986), which chronicles his first wife Dorothea Lynch's struggle with breast cancer; Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue (1994, Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for Photography), a study of the impact of hardcore drugs on American cities; Americans We (1994, International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Publication); and, most recently, Stepping Through the Ashes (2002), an elegy to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Among numerous honors, Richards has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Lifetime AchievementRichards, Eugene is the author of 'Fat Baby', published 2004 under ISBN 9780714841960 and ISBN 071484196X.