Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 to complete work on Architecture of Authority, a critically acclaimed body thought-provoking and unsettling photographs of architectural spaces worldwide that exert power over the individuals confined within them. Ross’s Guggenheim support also helped launch an investigation of the world of juvenile corrections and the architecture encompassing it. This led to Ross’s most recent work, Juvenile In Justice, which turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Working at over 300 institutions of confinement, detention and treatment in 31 states and interviewing 1,000+ juveniles, Ross has frequently given use of the work gratis to non-profits advocating for changing social and political policy to the betterment of these juveniles. A book and traveling exhibition of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change. His work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern (London), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (New York), Palais du Tokyo (Paris), The British Museum, City Hall Galleries (Belgrade), Galerie Steinech (Vienna), etc.
Richard Ross: http://richardross.net/