Andy Richter, born in 1977, is a photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, working in documentary, nonprofit and commercial photography. Andy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Spanish and Psychology. His clients include UNICEF, USAID, The Travel Channel, Time, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Discover and Outside, among others. He is represented by Getty Global Assignment and Aurora Photos/Novus Select. Below Andy shares his experiences and portfolio from the Maha Kumbh Mela, where 100 million Hindu pilgrims gather over the course of 55 days.
Q: What does photography mean to you?
A: Photography for me — the act of seeing, connecting, creating order and form — is about being totally present, focused and concentrating one’s consciousness. It is joyous to be in this state, even liberating, yet it is also a challenge. To do something great, honestly, is nearly impossible.