Published in Docu Book Vol 4.
Best of Documentary & Street Photography
ISSN: 2814-9033
Digital publication (ebook)

Interview & Photographs: 

Richard Keshen

Tell about yourself a little bit… How did you become a photographer?

I’m a tax consultant by profession and a street photographer by choice. At the age of 16 I had a friend that was into photography. He helped me to choose a camera and also to set up a dark room in the laundry room of my family home. Sadly I was discouraged from keeping the dark room for a variety of reasons and gave it up along with my camera. Fast forward many decades later to a discovery of the works of Vivian Maier. I was captivated by her photos and her story. At the same time the Art Gallery of Ontario was offering courses in street photography. Right away I signed up for the course using only the point and shoot camera that I had at that time. Through this course I found the license to be able to go out and take street photos. I also discovered this new found freedom to be able to express myself through photography. Six years and the purchase of four cameras later I’m still hooked on street and documentary photography.

What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a photographer?

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is not to…