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Ronald Rigge




Ronald was born in California in 1944 and is currently a resident of Pleasanton, California. He began photographing in the early 1970s. Since then his work has involved many areas of photography, including medium format black & white and color as well as some alternative processes. Ronald has studied with Western photographers such as Al Weber, Robert Dawson and Steve Dzerigian. Some of the most important influences on his work have been Eliot Porter, Philip Hyde, William Christenberry and Walker Evans.

Ronald’s works include a series on the disappearing aspects of the American West, from decaying signs and architecture to orchards. His most satisfying recent work has been of a “pictorialist” style that can be produced from infrared films that are still available. He prints all of his own work, including Ilfochrome color prints, in a conventional home darkroom. He has explored digital photography methods, but still enjoys working with classic silver techniques.

Ronald’s work can be found in many collections both nationally and in California, including the cities of Danville, Livermore and Fairfield. His work has been exhibited in many local and national shows, including the California State Fair for the last eight years.