Oklahoma City – Though he’s traveled the world capturing exotic locations through the lens of his large format camera, Alva’s Jim Richey decided to showcase the beauty of northwest Oklahoma for his newest exhibit. Titled, Just Down the Road, the photography exhibit is on display through May 1 in the State Capitol’s North Gallery.

Located on the second floor, the gallery is free and open to the public weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Richey, northwest Oklahoma possesses, “the kind of simple beauty that is often ignored by the passerby – stunning skyscapes, sweeping panoramas, photogenic, abandoned barns and houses, gypsum-capped buttes, (and) wide rivers – all illuminated by a wonderful intense light.”

Most of Richey’s black and white images are captured on film with traditional large format photographic equipment. After development, the negatives are scanned, adjusted, and printed digitally using archival inks. His photographic process takes the best from traditional film and modern digital technologies.

For 30 years Richey’s work in photography, commercial illustration and graphic design came second to his career working for Conoco. A retiree since 1996, Richey has illustrated and edited the Methods of Work column in Fine Woodworking Magazine, studied with noted photographers Joe Englander and George DeWolfe and honed his craft at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop. He draws inspiration from the writings and works of photographic giants such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Paul Strand.

Richey’s photography has been exhibited at the ConocoPhillips Headquarters in Houston, the Hubbard Museum of the West in New Mexico, and numerous art shows in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. His photographs have received top honors at Mayfest in Tulsa, the Wichita Riverfest, and the Paseo Arts Festival in Oklahoma City. Richey was recently the featured artist at the Frame Gallery in Alva.

For more information contact Alyson Atchison at (405) 521-2931 or alyson.atchison@arts.ok.gov.

Joel Gavin
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma Arts Council
(405) 521-2931